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SirNickity

FWIW, I do two things before sending a design off to be manufactured.  First, take a print of your schematic and go over every connection on the PCB.  I use a highlighter to mark off each link.  With netlists, this isn't such a big deal, but I find it gives me a chance to eyeball every connection one at a time for things like trace width, proximity, length, better routes, etc.

Second, I print out the board at 1:1, put it over some cardboard, and poke holes into every pin.  Then, I put the actual components into the "board" and make sure everything fits without bumping into stuff.  It also helps to ensure the holes are the right size for the component leads and so on.

CrossRoads

Download the .cam and .dru files from iteadstudio.com
Run the error check on the board. Tools:DRC, load the iteadstudio .dru file, click check.
If that comes back with only "stopmask" errors, you are ready to make Gerbers.  If not, fix the errors.

Gerbers: File:CAM processor, File:Open:Job, select the iteadstudio .cam file, click Process Job.
You can download a free gerber file viewer from viewplot.com.
When ready, zip the 13 created files (but Not the .sch & .brd files) and send them to iteadstudio per their instructions after you make payment and have an Order #.  Include the Order # with your files.  I pay by paypal with them.

Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years. Check out the ATMega1284P based Bobuino and other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  www.crossroadsfencing.com/BobuinoRev17.
Arduino for Teens available at Amazon.com.

vasquo

BTW, there is a SCRIPT you can run that will snap objects to the grids in your schematic.... So if the components/net/wires aren't connected, it will be very obvious. (because they'll be left hanging).

Also running the script is useful if you drew the schematic on different grid settings and want to fix it all. 

CrossRoads

Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years. Check out the ATMega1284P based Bobuino and other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  www.crossroadsfencing.com/BobuinoRev17.
Arduino for Teens available at Amazon.com.

vasquo


And you run that script by .... ?


Switch to the Schematic Viewer,
click File ---> Run --->
change directories to "ulp"
scroll down and look for "snap-on-grid-sch.ulp"
click Open...
and enter a Grid setting (in mils)
press OK.


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