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SMASH!..

thats what I have been looking for..

what other side effects will it have?

it just allows the names/values to be edited/altered on each part? does it do anything else to the part itself??  (layers)

also. when I am done 'sizing' the name/value of a component....and position it where I like.. it is still 'part' of the component?  if I move the component around.. will the name/value move/be associated with it?

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edit: just tried the smash command.. LOVE IT!.. it keeps/treats the names/values sorta like net names or labels..etc..

PERFECT!..

these tips are great..

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When you're running the CAM processor and after you've loaded the job, you can tweak where names/values/etc. are printed (bottom or top). Just select the Silk Bottom or Silk Top tab and select the layers to include.
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ok..

so I have generated my GERBER files.. (I hope)..

OPEN CAM panel..

loaded the iTeadStudio.cam file..  (first tab)

I did nothing else but click 'process job'..

it finished.. I look in directory I have a bunch of new GERBER files generated  smiley-wink


** my question/concern is understanding more about the process of what needs to be sent to iTeadStudio?  (everything?)

** Do I attempt to edit the 'gerber' file in some sort of editor? (all the free viewers seem to not allow editing without expensive license)

** Or do I go into the .brd file.. and use the SMASH tool on every component.. and edit/alter the names/values to be places and sized (or removed all together).. before generating my GERBERS??

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SMASH before creating gerbers.
The names & values remain attached to the parts.
If you delete one by accident, or can't find where it ended up on the board, Unsmash to get it back & then Smash again.

Do not edit the gerbers.
Edit your .brd file before creating the gerbers. Can right click each name, change its properties: size, font, etc.
Send itead all but the .sch and .brd.
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perfect.. thanks

thats how Ive been doing it so far....

Can I 'omit' a layer all together?

example.. I was thinking of omitting the tNames layer..so it doesnt print all the C1,.....C11 all over the place..

however.. I copied the S +/-  and P+/- 'text' to the tSilk.. (not _tSilk.. I dont even know the difference though..just wanted to copy it off of tNames layer.. so I could turn that off completely..but still have some text on top...

'or'..

do you recommend I go back and 'SMASH' everything.. delete those tNames I dont want.. (which is like 90% of them)..

thanks..




sidenote: sent ya email Crossroads.. smiley-wink
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Try it both ways, only takes a few seconds to create the gerbers again.
I think you can also review the Tabs at the CAM processor and see what layers it is pulling into each gerber file.
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ok..

finally back on this.. smiley

generated gerbers (several times).. installed & used viewplot to check out each 'file'..

iteadStudio seems to only use these files:

.gtl
.gbl
.gts
.gbs
.gto
.gbo
.txt (drill)


but it generates a lot files.. does itead just ignore these?. I sent them along anyways in my .zip file. 

so in a few more weeks I should have some PCB's made for one of my projects!  smiley

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Yes, they just ignore.
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good!..

then I just need to 'wait'.. lol.


might as well start putting together the BOM list.. and order the stencil too!   smiley-grin
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Wait for Itead's approval before you order the stencil. It's quite possible that they will ask you to make changes to your board.
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ahh.. good call!..

it is in review 'currently' and will contact me only if there are problems.   (heres hoping!)  smiley smiley-cool
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The board passed iteadstudio.dru checks, it will be accepted.
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