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Re: How do you guys do gerber drill files (or gerber drill woes)
On 01/28/2013 10:56 AM, Adam Wolf wrote:
> 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 did want to send this to the devel list specifically. Reason: if I had
enough experience with the kicad source, I would fix this. I am too rare
of a contributor to afford to say things like "this looks broken and we
should fix it", so I tone down a little bit.
> 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.
I do want to thank you for your suggestion. It does produce files very
close to RS-274x format.
> Adam Wolf
> Wayne and Layne, LLC
> On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM, Alex G. <mr.nuke.me@xxxxxxxxx
> <mailto: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:
> 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?
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