KiCad Gerber and Drill Files

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Here is to describe that how to Make Sure Gerber and Drill Files Produced by Kicad Can Be Adopted to Traditional PCB Maker.

Since the opensource layout softwares are not popular in Asia currently, we are trying to produce pcb in this Area like China, Taiwan or other localized areas. We should to use most popular gerber viewers to meet their requirements even though the format of geber is RS-274-X. So the following steps are to make sure the KiCad's gerber/drill files are suitable for like CAM350, CAMtastic 2000 PCB viewer. Of course you can also use gerbv to view.

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[edit] Gerber Files

On KiCad side, do

1, Click the Files/Plot menu option.

2, Set as following settings.

3, Click the Plot button.

KiCad Plot Settings

On CAMtastic side import gerber files, do set as

1, Digits in Integer:Decimal as 3:4.

2, Units in English(In.).

3, Type in Absolute.

4, Zero Suppression in Leading.

[edit] Drill File

On KiCad side, do

1, Click the button of Create Drill File.

2, Set as following settings.

3, If you want a drill sheet just click related Drill map check item.

KiCad Drill File Settings

On CAMtastic side import drill file, do set as

1, Digits in Integer:Decimal as 2:4.

2, Units in English(In.).

3, Type in Absolute.

4, Zero Suppression in Leading.

[edit] Version 2013-Jul-07-stable

  • there's sometimes silk screen on solder mask openings. clearances should still be well sufficient to avoid trouble. if they really hate it, tick "Subtract soldermask from silk screen" in the Gerber dialog.
  • one positioning mark of the OLED FPC touches a hole (for the switch). this is expected and there's nothing we can do about it. the PCB makers should just try their best there. if the positioning mark doesn't make it or comes out wrong, that's not a problem.
  • the battery pads exceed the PCB. again, that's intentional. they'll have to trim them in one way or another. the edge outline is right, so the pads should be cut.
  • similarly, there is silk screen for the switch and for the memory card holder that exceeds the board outline. again, the excessive silk screen should just be ignored.

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