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Old 6th March 2005, 07:18 AM   #1
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Default Created PCB layout in EAGLE. Whats Next?

I'm using Eagle 4.13 Light and I've made up a simple layout of a soft start circuit. The components are placed and all of the traces are done. I'd like to have a couple PCB's made and I'm not sure what I need to do next to get this done. Do I need to make Gerber files? How is the design in Eagle turned into the files necessary to prototype?

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Old 6th March 2005, 08:29 AM   #2
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You need the gerber and drill files.

There is a drillcfg.ulp in you function lib. Run this to create a tool list.

Next run the excellon.cam to create the drill files.

After this run the gerber.cam or gerb274x.cam depending on what fileformat your PCB manufacturer uses.

Then load the files into a gerber viewer and make sure that everything is ok. Make sure that the drill sizes match your components, and that you have enough cobber arround the holes to make a nice solder connection.

That is it, if you need more help please ask again, since it can cost serious $$$ if you make a mistake at this point.

Before ordering check and recheck all connections and pinouts on all the components you used, the standard libs are good, but not perfect!

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Old 9th March 2005, 04:14 AM   #3
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http://www.sparkfun.com do 2 layer boards with soldermask and silkscreen, for $2.50USD per square inch, no minimum

they have instructions on how they want the gerber files on their site
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Old 9th March 2005, 10:24 AM   #4
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This is probably cheaper:

And you can just send the .brd files to them (check their board requirements on the web page, You have to fix the sikscreen width etc.).

free panelization and free de-panelization.

SINGLE SIDE 160 mm x 100 mm (6.3" x 3.9") 26$
DOUBLE SIDE 160 mm x 100 mm (6.3" x 3.9") 33$
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Old 24th March 2005, 06:49 AM   #5
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I followed the steps above, and created the tool list and drill file. When I try to create a Gerber it asks for an Aperture wheel file. What exactly is this and were can it be found?

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Old 24th March 2005, 08:26 AM   #6
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I think this could help you...
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Old 24th March 2005, 09:06 AM   #7
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Thanks mik, that was exactly what I'm looking for. So far everything has worked, but for some reason the excellon stuff doesn't. The drill files show up wrong when opened in a Gerber viewer.
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Old 27th September 2005, 09:40 AM   #8
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I'm using Eagle 4.13r1. Didn't manage to find drillcfg.ulp. Pls help.

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Old 28th September 2005, 04:52 PM   #9
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Wow, always wondered about this stuff. Nice thread.

I've just sent my native Eagle .brd files directly to Custom PCB. No need for gerbers, drills or anything else.
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Old 28th September 2005, 04:59 PM   #10
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Speaking of custompcb.com:

I found this http://www.custompcb.com/custompcb.cam file VERY useful
It generates all your gerberfiles with just one click
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