Gerber files are a standard way to define how to build a PCB. The current standard is RS-274X. This tag should be used for questions dealing with generating, importing/exporting, and validating Gerber files.

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Problem with massive gerber files from Eagle

I'm trying to export an 8" square design that is mostly copper to a gerber file but the board house is complaining that the front copper layer is crashing their software since its about 14mb. Is ...
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How to create complex copper shapes in Eagle

I'm new to eagle but for a project I need to create a pcb with a complex arrangement of exposed copper contacts. The board is going to be used as a simple touch sensor made up of concentric and ...
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Edit a silkscreen over a gerber file in Altium

I have some gerber files that are perfect, except the legend. I would like to include some useful information on the top silkscreen. is it possible to edit a new PCB using a gerber file as background ...
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Is it possible to modify a Gerber silkscreen before production?

Basically, I'm building a electronics project, where Gerbers are supplied for me to fabricate at a PCB house. However, I want to add my own logo and a few personal touches to the silkscreen before ...
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plated through hole file?

I'm designing a new product and my manufacturer can't continue with out a "plated through hole file". They say that I didn't put it in the gerber files. How do I generate this in ultiboard? Or any ...
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Kicad - Module refernces are being rendered, but don't show up on gerber plots

I am working on an open source design. I can view all the layers in PCBNew. The module references show up on the screen. They are visible even when I deselect Front Silk Screen (F.SilkS) in the layers ...
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OSH Park setup for KiCad

Anyone know the exact setup needed to send KiCad files to OSH Park? Specifically how to set the trace widths correctly?
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Gerber file edits

I'm making my own PCBs at home and I'm using KiCAD to layout the boards and create the Gerber files. From the files I'm making my template which I transfer to my boards and then finish the etching ...
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How do I get an Excellon Drill file with 2.4 precision and trailing zero suppression out of EAGLE?

I'm trying to output CAM data from EAGLE 6.2.0 to get some PCBs made at Advanced Circuits. Their preferred NC drill format (particularly the one used by their online FreeDFM tool) is Excellon ...
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How to print gerber files? (mac)

I'm currently using circuits.io to create a very simple circuit. However, before ordering the board, I would like to print it in order to see if it's the right size and/or the elements fit in my own ...
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Gerber to DXF converter

What's a good utility to convert gerbers to DXF/DWG? The reason I ask: I'd like to create gerbers to give to mechanical engineers for use in SolidWorks to look for interference due to solder fillets ...
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Need for DRC for Gerbers?

In reference to this question, do you actually perform DRC on Gerbers? Or do you do it for the PCB (post-design or interactive) and trust that the generated Gerbers will be OK?
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DRC tool for Gerber files

Do you know any tools which perform design rule checking for Gerber files of PCB and are suitable for using in batch mode on a remote server? Something similar to what BatchPCB or FreeDFM uses (I ...
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Why Gerber Viewers are slow to display, zoom, and pan?

My machine has quad core i7 and should have enough ram. I tried different free Gerber viewers. They are slow to zoom or pan. There is always this "lag" feeling. Does the gerber format contain too ...
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Strange Gerber Statement

I have this line at the beginning of a Gerber file generated by Altium. %FSDAX23Y23*% According the the Gerber Spec, the FS parameter should be followed by . Nowhere does it mention the meaning of ...
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Generating a cutting line from a Gerber outline

Our PCB fab has decided to charge us extra for our PCBs unless we provide them with a cutter tool path on a Gerber layer. Amazingly, Altium doesn't seem to have a tool to automatically generate this ...
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How to convert PDF to Gerber for PCB layout?

I've got a PDF file with a PCB layout I'de like to produce - however, I need the file in Gerber format first. Is there an easy way to convert between the two? I've found this: ...
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After the PCB is designed, what do I need to check in the Gerber files?

As and after the PCB is designed, I check it using the native CAD tools. What do I need to check to make sure the generated Gerber files are ok?
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How does E-Test at a PCB Fab work?

I always see the option for E-testing when sending PCB's off to a fab house. I gather it is an electrical test to test all the connections. But how do they do it? They don't have my schematic! Only ...
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Which would better suited for a CNC drilling machine: gerber or gcode?

me and some friends want to develop a CNC drilling machine for a college project. The idea is to export the hole coordinates and drill size directly from a .brd file on Eagle, which will later be read ...