[ee:] EAGLE PCB-CAD

Started by Mike W January 18, 2004
Hi Folks, Happy New Year...

I have a pcb designed in Eagle and I'm now trying to produce the
relevant files to send for PCB fabrication.
Is there an Idiots guide to help me to "get it right first time ?".

thanks




Thanks,
Got there first time !. Easy when you know how.

I appear to have three hole sizes where I only need one. Any way
to change this?

How do I visually check that the files produced are actually what I
intend the board to look like ?.

I've been playing with Eagle for about 3 days trying to get as far as
I've got in the last 10 mins ;-)

many Thanks, Mike
On 18 Jan 04, at 19:01, flipflops67 wrote:

> Well, it would depend on what the board fabricator wants, but I use
> Advanced Circuits (www.4pcb.com) and they want Gerber 274x files, so
> here's how you run through Eagle to get what you want.
>
> BTW, this is for a two layer board, silkscreen on one side. When you
> get to the point where I list the files, you may have more, depending
> on what your board has.
>
> While in the board layout view, type "run drillcfg" in the command
> line, hit enter. A little box pops up for drill type, pick inches,
> OK, then OK on the next window when it displays the drill sizes your
> board requires. Then a dialog will pop up, asking you to save it.
>
> Now go to File->Cam Processor (or push the CAM button). When the cam
> processor opens up, go to its file menu and pick Open->Job. Select
> gerb274x.cam. Now some slight changes need to be made to the job. Go
> through each tab (Component Side, Solder Side, etc) and deselect the
> "Mirror" option. If you have this selected it can cause problems
> during production. After you've gone through each tab, do a File-
> >Save Job, and then save it either as the original, or just name a new
> one. Make sure you always use this new cam job in the future, though.
>
> Next, go back to the Component Side tab and click "Process Job" down
> at the bottom. It'll work it's way through each item.
>
> Once it stops, do another File->Open->Job and pick excellon.cam. Just
> hit "Process Job" again.
>
> That's it. Go to the directory where your project files reside and
> pick out:
>
> example.cmp : top copper
> example.plc : top silkscreen
> example.drd : nc drill data
> example.drl : other drill data
> example.sol : bottom copper
> example.stc : top soldermask
> example.sts : bottom soldermask
>
> Like I said before, you may have more files, I just know that this is
> all I need for a two sided board with one sided silkscreen. >
> --- In , "Mike W" <mike@c...> wrote:
> > Hi Folks, Happy New Year...
> >
> > I have a pcb designed in Eagle and I'm now trying to produce the
> > relevant files to send for PCB fabrication. Is there an Idiots guide
> > to help me to "get it right first time ?".
> >
> > thanks



Go to the eagle support group (get there off the eagle home page).
Be prepared for a little attitude but you'll get your questions
answered.

There is a tutorial that you simply must use. Its in the files
section. There is also a library tutorial some where but a quick
peruse didn't show it. try google. If you cant find it, ping me and
I'll see if I can reconstruct how I got to it.

By the way, my biggest roadblock with eagle was how to use the
clipboard. You have to click on the object AFTER selecting cut or
copy. That's what I meant by ANTI-UI. It only took me about 30 hours
to figure that one out. I guess even free software costs. :)

Phil

--- In , "Mike W" <mike@c...> wrote:
> Thanks,
> Got there first time !. Easy when you know how.
>
> I appear to have three hole sizes where I only need one. Any way
> to change this?
>
> How do I visually check that the files produced are actually what I
> intend the board to look like ?.
>
> I've been playing with Eagle for about 3 days trying to get as far
as
> I've got in the last 10 mins ;-)
>
> many Thanks, Mike
> On 18 Jan 04, at 19:01, flipflops67 wrote:
>
> > Well, it would depend on what the board fabricator wants, but I
use
> > Advanced Circuits (www.4pcb.com) and they want Gerber 274x files,
so
> > here's how you run through Eagle to get what you want.
> >
> > BTW, this is for a two layer board, silkscreen on one side. When
you
> > get to the point where I list the files, you may have more,
depending
> > on what your board has.
> >
> > While in the board layout view, type "run drillcfg" in the command
> > line, hit enter. A little box pops up for drill type, pick
inches,
> > OK, then OK on the next window when it displays the drill sizes
your
> > board requires. Then a dialog will pop up, asking you to save it.
> >
> > Now go to File->Cam Processor (or push the CAM button). When the
cam
> > processor opens up, go to its file menu and pick Open->Job.
Select
> > gerb274x.cam. Now some slight changes need to be made to the
job. Go
> > through each tab (Component Side, Solder Side, etc) and deselect
the
> > "Mirror" option. If you have this selected it can cause problems
> > during production. After you've gone through each tab, do a File-
> > >Save Job, and then save it either as the original, or just name
a new
> > one. Make sure you always use this new cam job in the future,
though.
> >
> > Next, go back to the Component Side tab and click "Process Job"
down
> > at the bottom. It'll work it's way through each item.
> >
> > Once it stops, do another File->Open->Job and pick excellon.cam.
Just
> > hit "Process Job" again.
> >
> > That's it. Go to the directory where your project files reside
and
> > pick out:
> >
> > example.cmp : top copper
> > example.plc : top silkscreen
> > example.drd : nc drill data
> > example.drl : other drill data
> > example.sol : bottom copper
> > example.stc : top soldermask
> > example.sts : bottom soldermask
> >
> > Like I said before, you may have more files, I just know that
this is
> > all I need for a two sided board with one sided silkscreen.
> >
> >
> >
> > --- In , "Mike W" <mike@c...> wrote:
> > > Hi Folks, Happy New Year...
> > >
> > > I have a pcb designed in Eagle and I'm now trying to produce the
> > > relevant files to send for PCB fabrication. Is there an Idiots
guide
> > > to help me to "get it right first time ?".
> > >
> > > thanks
> >
> >





----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike W" <>
To: <>; "flipflops67" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2004 7:44 PM
Subject: [piclist] Re: [ee:] EAGLE PCB-CAD > Thanks,
> Got there first time !. Easy when you know how.
>
> I appear to have three hole sizes where I only need one. Any way
> to change this?
>
> How do I visually check that the files produced are actually what I
> intend the board to look like ?.

Download GC-Prevue (free) from http://graphicode.com and check the Gerbers
and drill file with it. It's not very easy to use but will do the job.

Leon
--
Leon Heller, G1HSM
Email:
My low-cost Philips LPC210x ARM development system:
http://webspace.webring.com/people/jl/leon_heller//lpc2104.html




GC-Preview is good, but I think you will find Viewmate easier to use.
Free at http://www.pentalogix.com/Download/download.html

--- Leon Heller <> wrote:
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike W" <>
> To: <>; "flipflops67"
> <>
> Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2004 7:44 PM
> Subject: [piclist] Re: [ee:] EAGLE PCB-CAD > > Thanks,
> > Got there first time !. Easy when you know how.
> >
> > I appear to have three hole sizes where I only need one. Any way
> > to change this?
> >
> > How do I visually check that the files produced are actually what I
> > intend the board to look like ?.
>
> Download GC-Prevue (free) from http://graphicode.com and check the
> Gerbers
> and drill file with it. It's not very easy to use but will do the
> job.
>
> Leon
> --
> Leon Heller, G1HSM
> Email:
> My low-cost Philips LPC210x ARM development system:
> http://webspace.webring.com/people/jl/leon_heller//lpc2104.html
>
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