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Converting .dwg or .dxf to a gerber file for Futurlec

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  1. JazzMan

    JazzMan Guest

    Ok lookss like Futurlec is a good choice for one of my
    projects. I've got it drawn in AutoCad, and can export to
    ..dxf, but I have no idea how to make a gerber file. Gerber?
    Don't they make babyfood?
    http://web2.airmail.net/jsavage1/images/misc/bbyfd2.jpg

    Thanks!

    JazzMan
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  2. Active8

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    I don't think you'll find a free program to do that. A gerber is
    used by board fab houses and you won't need gerbers if you etch your
    own board.

    Futurelec what? Their boards are ready to go.

    You're better off just downloading something like the free Eagle PCB
    layout program if it's a board you want. It'll make gerbers.
    That was great.
     
  3. Futurlec (without the 'e'!) does prototype boards now, and has design
    services as well. (I've never used either, I just like their prices. Who
    knows whether it's a case of 'you get what you pay for').
    Yep, Eagle will generate the babyfood their fab machine wants. Here is a
    tutorial on getting it to mash your peaches:

    http://www.precma.com/informatica/gerber01.htm

    Much of the site is in italian, but this tutorial is in english.

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  4. JazzMan

    JazzMan Guest

    I was trying to avoid having to relearn a new program and
    drawing the board all over again, which is why I wanted
    some sort of converter, or maybe a proggie that would import
    a .dxf (that's a standardized drawing interchange format) and
    output a gerber.

    Oh well, looks like it's going on the back burner for now.

    JazzMan
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  5. There is dfx to gerber converter, but it is expensive.

    http://www.artwork.com/acad/asm500/index.htm

    They have demo download though
    http://www.artwork.com/acad/asm500/500wdnld.htm

    You need to register to get a temporary password, and I don't know what
    if any limitations there are in the demo, if you will be able to save
    your work or not, for example.

    Another alternative is to create a picture of your circuit board design,
    maybe by doing a screen dump from your layout design program.

    And talk to the people at futurlec, they may be able to use a common
    picture format like bmp, gif or something.
     
  6. JeffM

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