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'[OT] Panelizing a board'
2000\01\05@093744 by Lawrence Lile

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I've been a recent convert to Eagle PCB CAD, and even paid them  $50 for a
registered  copy.

<rant mode = ON>  I do pay my shareware bills,

and I wish Jory would excommunicate all these guys offering CRACKED software
on the PIClist! I hope that these crackers actually write some REAL software
someday, and then get it ripped off, and then go broke making no money after
being robbed.

<rant mode = OFF>

Here's my dillema.  I need to panelize a PCB - it's a 2" X 2" board and I
need 6 of them in a 4" x 6" layout.  No problem in my old CAD systrem (which
other than having panelization was useless).  Eagle is a great software
package, but it does not have a panelization option.

How about just copying everything over and over?  No good - I didn't buy
enough square inches of EAGLE (crippleware, you know) to do a very big
board.  All my designs are really tiny!

I found I could monkey-wrench a panelized version by making a gerber file,
then making another with an offset, then another with another offset, and
using a text editor and scrunching them all together, moving blocks of stuff
around to fix the syntax of the file.  Tedious, time consuming, and
educational.

I tried this old DOS trick:  copy gerber1.gbr  +gerber2.gbr +gerber3.gbr
final.gbr
which appends all the files together.  My software can read it, but I don't
really trust it very well.  Anybody know if this would really result in a
valid Gerber file?

Is there any Gerber file editor out there that can panelize a gerber file
without so much pain?  Same issue with a drill file?  I don't have a way of
reading back a drill file to know if it is corrupt or not.

-- Lawrence Lile

2000\01\05@095223 by Michael Rigby-Jones

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I'm sure that the PCB house that we often use (QuickCircuits) sorts out all
the pannelising out for you.  Maybe your place will to?

Mike

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2000\01\05@095629 by James Paul

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Talk to your board house.  There is almost certainly someone
there that has the knowledge and software to panelize a board
for you.  At least here in the Houston area, the board houses
that I've dealt with both personally and professionally have
done this sort of thing for me.  But if you have a 2"x2" board,
and you want to panelize it into 4"x6", you aren't going to have
any waste to cut the boards apart unless this has been taken
into consideration in the border width of the board itself.

                         Good Luck and Regards,

                                 Jim



On Wed, 05 January 2000, Lawrence Lile wrote:

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2000\01\05@103352 by Lawrence Lile

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Thanks for all your guys help.  Letting the board house do it is probably
best.


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Rigby-Jones +ADw-mrjones+AEA-NORTELNETWORKS.COM+AD4-
To: PICLIST+AEA-MITVMA.MIT.EDU +ADw-PICLIST+AEA-MITVMA.MIT.EDU+AD4-
Date: Wednesday, January 05, 2000 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: +AFs-OT+AF0- Panelizing a board


+AD4-I'm sure that the PCB house that we often use (QuickCircuits) sorts out all
+AD4-the pannelising out for you.  Maybe your place will to?
+AD4-
+AD4-Mike
+AD4-
+AD4APg- -----Original Message-----
+AD4APg- From: Lawrence Lile +AFs-SMTP:lilel+AEA-TOASTMASTER.COM+AF0-
+AD4APg- Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2000 2:36 PM
+AD4APg- To:   PICLIST+AEA-MITVMA.MIT.EDU
+AD4APg- Subject:      +AFs-OT+AF0- Panelizing a board
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- I've been a recent convert to Eagle PCB CAD, and even paid them  +ACQ-50 for
a
+AD4APg- registered  copy.
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- +ADw-rant mode +AD0- ON+AD4-  I do pay my shareware bills,
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- and I wish Jory would excommunicate all these guys offering CRACKED
+AD4APg- software
+AD4APg- on the PIClist+ACE- I hope that these crackers actually write some REAL
+AD4APg- software
+AD4APg- someday, and then get it ripped off, and then go broke making no money
+AD4APg- after
+AD4APg- being robbed.
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- +ADw-rant mode +AD0- OFF+AD4-
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- Here's my dillema.  I need to panelize a PCB - it's a 2+ACI- X 2+ACI- board and I
+AD4APg- need 6 of them in a 4+ACI- x 6+ACI- layout.  No problem in my old CAD systrem
+AD4APg- (which
+AD4APg- other than having panelization was useless).  Eagle is a great software
+AD4APg- package, but it does not have a panelization option.
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- How about just copying everything over and over?  No good - I didn't buy
+AD4APg- enough square inches of EAGLE (crippleware, you know) to do a very big
+AD4APg- board.  All my designs are really tiny+ACE-
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- I found I could monkey-wrench a panelized version by making a gerber
file,
+AD4APg- then making another with an offset, then another with another offset, and
+AD4APg- using a text editor and scrunching them all together, moving blocks of
+AD4APg- stuff
+AD4APg- around to fix the syntax of the file.  Tedious, time consuming, and
+AD4APg- educational.
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- I tried this old DOS trick:  copy gerber1.gbr  +gerbeg-.gbr +gerbeg-.gbr
+AD4APg- final.gbr
+AD4APg- which appends all the files together.  My software can read it, but I
+AD4APg- don't
+AD4APg- really trust it very well.  Anybody know if this would really result in a
+AD4APg- valid Gerber file?
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- Is there any Gerber file editor out there that can panelize a gerber file
+AD4APg- without so much pain?  Same issue with a drill file?  I don't have a way
+AD4APg- of
+AD4APg- reading back a drill file to know if it is corrupt or not.
+AD4APg-
+AD4APg- -- Lawrence Lile

2000\01\06@055001 by Mike Miller

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Sorry I can't help you with the panelization but to verify that you have
valid gerber and drill files I suggest you go to:

http://www.graphicode.com/index.cfm?section=download

and download GCPREVUE. It is a shareware (no charge) package for gerber
and drill viewing which has been expanded over the years to include HPGL
and other engineering type files.

Regards,
Mike Miller.

2000\01\06@093944 by Lawrence Lile

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THanks for all your suggestions, guys.  There are two really good ways to
go:

1:  Make multiple gerbers with offsets, and then append them into a single
file with the Dos COPY + command.  this is bonehead simple and seems to
work.  Also probably works for drill files, although I could not verify
this.

2.  Ask your board house to do it for free.  They will.  This is what I
finally did.

-- Lawrence


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