I'm new to electronics and PCB projects, but I would like to be able to print a board for the following (so-called) power board: enter image description here

Here's the project: https://github.com/mlab-upenn/f1tenthpublic/tree/master/power-board-v2.0

My understanding is that, for example, this site: https://jlcpcb.com/ needs a single Gerber file (a "quote"?), but I haven't found any instructions on how to create this file in Ubuntu.

I would really appreciate your suggestions.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The 'gerber' format is one file per layer. If you have multiple layers in your design then you will have multiple files. \$\endgroup\$ – brhans Jul 3 '18 at 17:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ And a "quote" is what they send you back. It's a quotation of the price they will charge you to make your board. \$\endgroup\$ – The Photon Jul 3 '18 at 17:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ I get it. I've uploaded a ZIP of the "GerberFiles" directory and it actually worked. \$\endgroup\$ – ponadto Jul 3 '18 at 18:04

They are a normal PCB house (or front end for PCB houses). You can send them a .ZIP file containing all the required Gerber files plus the drill file and they should be able to make it, provided the other information is provided by you in the web form.

For example, for a 2 layer board, you would normally send 7 or 8 different files combined into one .zip file (which is a container for losslessly compressed files).

Here is one I have sent off to a different manufacturer. It has an outline file .GM3, but no bottom overlay file. The .TXT document is the drill file. Sometimes there are multiple drill files.

enter image description here

You can zip the files together using any of a number of free or not free programs, such as 7-Zip on Windows.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Indeed, it worked! \$\endgroup\$ – ponadto Jul 3 '18 at 18:05

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