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Autocad dwg to gerber converter?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Oppie, Dec 22, 2011.

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  1. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    I've got a bunch of old drawings done in Autocad (stored as .dwg format)
    that we need to convert to Gerber format. Anybody have recommendations for
    an inexpensive converter program or service?

    TIA - Oppie
     
  2. Find someone with CAM350, I believe it can import non-gerber stuff and
    spit out gerber.
    It's $750 if you wish to purchase.

    Our PCB guy may be able to do it. I'll email his contact information.

    Cheers
     
  3. Send me a email THEN I can send his contact info.

    Thanks
     
  4. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    CAM350! YES! Company owner who did all the cad work previously before
    turning it over to me, did it mostly in Autocad. He's now largely retired
    and doesn't even have CAD on his computer anymore. I vaguely remember that
    he had a copy of CAM350 with a dongle. I'll check to see if he will transfer
    it to me.

    I've gotten so accustomed to using Eagle now. It has a built-in CAM
    processor. Then for a separate check before release, I use GC-Prevue from
    Graphicode. I'm running the free package which does little more than view
    files. For $495 (which I haven't been able to get), you can convert from DXF
    to gerber. Would need one of our autocad guys to convert from dwg to dfx for
    me.

    Thank you for jogging my memory.
    A blessed Christmas and New Year*
    Oppie

    * if Christmas is not your thing, feel free to wish me otherwise. It's time
    we stopped secularizing religious holidays in the interest of political
    correctness.
     
  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    There used to be many routines to do this conversion. I have not used
    this one but you might want to take a look before spending lots of money:

    http://www.sonnetsoftware.com/support/sonnet-suites/dxftogerber.html


    Amen!

    Merry Christmas to everyone.
     
  6. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    Hmmm... Tried it and it gave me results, just not good ones. Had tried an
    autocad DXF file and it gave all the polygons a virtual wedgie. I'll play
    with it a bit more after the holidays.
    Had found several "freeware converters" that turned out to be just demos
    and not the real deal. Didn't even try to install them.

    All the best,
    Oppie (aka Bob Oppenheimer)
     
  7. Baron

    Baron Guest

    Oppie Inscribed thus:
    Draftsight will do that for free !
     
  8. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    Thank you! I'll check it out. The Sonnet DXF to Gerber converter did not run
    properly with the files I tried it on.

    Oppie
     
  9. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    I thought at first that Draftsight would export gerbers. It does not but it
    will save files in a number of formats. Perhaps one of these formats will
    work better with the Sonnet DXF to Gerber converter.

    Draftsight's print interface is more intuitive than Autocad TrueVue (which
    is a screwy viewer). It's going to need some more play time.
     
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