[sdiy] pcb artwork to gerber

charlie wallace charlie at finitemonkeys.com
Mon May 14 17:10:33 CEST 2018

eagle and kicad both have ways to import BMP's or dxfs, but theyll
usually convert everything intot lines and they're not an object like
a polygon so editing later is tedious its better to edit the artwork
you want in graphics software then import it to its own layer, fiddle
with scale etc

then when you run the CAM operation to generate the gerbers, include
that layer, you can then just delete the entire layer if its messed

you can go and hand edit the artwork, its just tedious and there is no
really good software available yet,  even the best PCB design software
these days is still in the dark ages comparatively to other tools.


eagle has ulps for bmp import and dxf import, which is what i usually
use, or i'll just outline the artwork with polys to make it easier to

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 2:11 AM, geoff james <minimoog1 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi i'm a newbie to pcb DIY.
> The only thing i know is i dont want anything to do with chemicals or
> transfers etc.
> I have the pcb artwork  , and the board sizes.
> The artwork will need some mods to allow for new component profiles---pots ,
> and will need scaling.
> Can anyone suggest a program thats newbie friendly-----this is a hobbie and
> more than likely
>  a one off.
> Thanks
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