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Re: How do you guys do gerber drill files (or gerber drill woes)


Hi Alex,

This is a mailing list for KiCad development, and your message probably
isn't appropriate for this list.  However, to short circuit the discussion:
 I use KiCad, and I have ordered PCBs through Seeed, Laen's PDX group
order/OSHPark, Advanced Circuits, Gold Phoenix...

I'm not sure what you're doing, but there are a lot of settings.  These are
the settings we use at Wayne and Layne.  They are likely not optimal, but
they work for us.


Adam Wolf
Wayne and Layne, LLC

On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM, Alex G. <mr.nuke.me@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I've recently tried to order some PCBs from SeeedStudio's fusion PCB
> service. They cannot read the drill files (*.drl) generated by kicad.
> And for good reason: they don't seem to be in proper RS-274x format.
> gerbv (The gEDA version, not our gerbview) can render Kicad's *.drl just
> fine, and the workaround for me is to open them in gerbv, then export
> them in RS274x format, which then works fine.
> I just checked out and built the latest and greatest from lp:kicad, and
> regenerated all the gerbers, and sure enough, they are still in the old
> format. So even though I select Gerber format from the Drill File
> dialog, the generated drill file has the wrong format, and it doesn't
> even look like the format of the other generated gerbers (copper,
> soldermask, silkscreen).
> I found a little nice tool to check the gerbers here:
> http://mayhewlabs.com/webGerber/
> It's not a very solid renderer, so it won't properly render anything
> unusual. This, I believe, makes it great as a testing ground; if it
> can't properly render a gerber, what guarantees that the manufacturer's
> (proprietary) tools will.
> Are there plans to fix the drill file implementation? Or before I even
> jump to such arrogant conclusions (sorry guys), how do you guys handle
> drill files?
> Alex
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