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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Altium gerber files looks weird

I have recently generated gerber file via Camtastic in Altium Designer. All the layers appear well in the Altium interface appart it generate some weird line on the display depending on how I zoom on ...
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Can you load Gerber files back into a PCB layout designer such as Eagle?

There's a PCB I may need to change a solder pad, but the schematic and layout are gone and were not added to source control. Is it possible to load the Gerber files back into a designer to change the ...
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howto align mount holes in 2 pcb the right way?

I'm tring to make some sort of shield board (it's not an arduino): first board was made in orcad, I have source files gerbers and so on... I'm making a 2nd board in eagle. When trying to align the ...
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Better Gerber Review Tools

As part of my current workflow producing a PCB layout I open my gerber files using gerbv. This allows me to switch on and off layers and check things are as they should be. However I need to present ...
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Altium Power Plane Gerber inverted

Good Day I used internal power planes for the first time (Altium), and I now want to generate fabrication outputs in the form of Gerbers. The gerber below illustrates my internal GND plane, to ...
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V-cut gerber format

I prepared a panel on Eagle Cad. now I am preparing Gerber files for the production. What device output and file extension do I need to save the v-cut layer?
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How do you know what resolution a gerber file has?

Viewing Geber files in Gc Prevue but don't know how to find out what resolution they are using
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Make Simple PCB and export Gerber file [closed]

I have a lascar LCD volt/ammeter that has 10 pins. What I want to do is design a simple PCB that has a few resistors, connects to a battery and an aircraft then send off a Gerber file to a ...
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Creating gerber layer for glue screen creation

We are trying to get away from using a glue dotter. Instead we would like to use our screener to apply the glue to the board. The gerber files we get from our customers have the layer for the pads ...
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Gerber verification for plated holes

I recently designed a board and got them produced. I had specified plated holes at some locations. But the PCBs came without them (unplated). I decided to check the Gerber files to see if it was ...
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Eagle cad dimension measurement showing on top and bottom layer when creating Gerber files

I have an Eagle design as shown in the 1st image attached. The dimension measurements are on "dimensions" layer 20. When I create Gerber files then look at it in a viewer, I get the measurement ...
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Import Gerber files into Altium

Question I would like to import Gerber files into an Altium Designer PCB document for re-using an in-PCB spiral inductor but the importer fails to interpret the Gerber files in a correct way. Has ...
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Print PCB on copper using Altium

I've been trying to print and make my own circuit using Altium (print it on film paper, iron it on copper-coated plastic and then dip it in Ferric Chloride etc.), using Gerber files. Only problem is, ...
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Kicad plotting/printing

I made a really simple scheme/pcb using Kicad (on Ubuntu 14.04). Now I'd like to print this and make my PCB, but I can't figure out how to properly plot the damn thing! When I plot using gerber ...
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Who is responsible for panelizing solder paste layers?

When creating small PCBs, it is often convenient to panelize them for higher volume production. In my package of gerber files, I include all the layers for one image, and then include a PDF detailing ...
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Should courtyard information be included in gerber files for manufacture?

I just used 4pcb's free DFM checker and it doesn't like the fact that the courtyard line widths on my board are 1.968mils (what Altium generated in the IPC component wizard). It's also complaining ...
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Gerber file mirrored

it's the first time that I create gerber files for a pcb printing website. I'm looking to the bottom layer with a gerber view, but it doesn't seem to be mirrored... it's the same view as in eagle, ...
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How to panelize gerber files?

I am planning on ordering a panel with four different designs on it. Two were made in Altium, while the other two were made in Eagle. Altium has a great tool for panelizing boards designed in it, but ...
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What are .C1 and .C2 Gerber files in Altium 14?

I am currently working on a project and I'm about to get the Gerber files checked by FreeDFM.com. My question is, in my Gerber files, there are a couple that have the extension .C1 and .C2. In ...
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GerbV (Gerber Viewer): How to do PNG export of only area within board outline?

Gerbv (open-source Gerber viewer) has the neat ability to export a customizable rendition of a given layer-stackup, to an output PNG. Here is the manual (Ctrl+F for "export"): ...
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How to panelize Gerber files using Proteus ARES?

Suppose I have a few different sets of Gerber files (generated from an external software package, say, EagleCAD) corresponding to different boards. How do I go about panelizing them on Proteus (i.e., ...
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How to view Eagle gerber files in ViewMate?

I'm trying to view my gerbers generated from eagle (using SparkFun's CAM file) as I and cannot get the drill file to import correctly for some reason. When I drag the files into ViewMate, I choose ...
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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 ...
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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 ...