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Protel DXP, Pad Holes

Discussion in 'CAD' started by Bob, Aug 9, 2003.

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  1. Bob

    Bob Guest


    This is probably a stupid question, but how can I output a gerber file for
    camtastic, so it displays all pads with their holes? Currently when I do it,
    it just puts the whole pads there with no holes. I've tried all the options
    I can see in the gerber setup box.

    I remember in 99 it did put the holes like normal.

  2. Bob,
    I believe that you are mistaken about P99 outputting pad holes in
    Gerber. To the best of my knowledge the only way to accomplish holes in pads
    is outputting throught the printer facilities. Within Gerber describing a
    pad as a donut (pad with a hole) is a complex function and I am sure that
    Protel doesn't support that function directly.
    You can output the pads and the drill files as Gerber and Excellon, then
    in a secondary tool (a Gerber editor) you may be able to convert the
    Excellon to Gerber and then do a composite with the normal pad layer to
    combine the holes with the pads.
  3. I think he's right. I've never seen holes displayed in Camtastic either.
    I'm a user of Protel99 & Camtastic, and I always see my gerber files with
    pads only.
  4. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Oh, I must be mistaken then. I haven't used it in a while, I must be
    thinking of some other program.

  5. Bob,
    it looks like my ISP has missed a few messages from this thread. I
    assume that you had doubted me. I know that a lot of hobbyists do what you
    are trying to do through the print facility but I am very sure it can't be
    done directly from Protel via Gerber with no other intervention.

    If you want the absolute definitive answer on this possibility, try
    posting your query to the Protel Users listserver available at:

    The list members (the active ones anyway) are worldwide professionals
    that use mostly P99SE and some now also use DXP. If it can be done via
    Gerber then someone on this listserver will know how.
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