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cyclegadget


I have a board created using software by PCB123 Cad free software. It is from http://www.sunstone.com/


Can I convert it to Gerber style some how? Its file name ends in 123.


Thanks,
Mark
Good links: Eagle tutorial= http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDE1858BD83D19C70
General Arduion tutorials = http://tronixstuff.wordpress.com
http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/bbshowpost.php?bbtopic_id=123

RuggedCircuits

My understanding is no, you can't.

PCB123 along with ExpressPCB (there may be others) represents an effort by PCB manufacturers to sell "lock in" software which is free up front but only lets you order PCB's from that specific manufacturer.

Needless to say, I am not a fan of this approach :)  I would recommend you switch to Eagle, KiCad, or gEDA for which there is no lock-in and you are free to generate and use Gerber files as you see fit.

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cyclegadget


  Thank you for the reply. I have already started using Eagle. I do like it but, I am still working out getting my parts tightly packed
and organized. The reason I wanted to convert a 123 file is because it would save me a lot of work. I do want to master Eagle because it is a nice program and I can't wait until I create my first PCB!

Mark
Good links: Eagle tutorial= http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDE1858BD83D19C70
General Arduion tutorials = http://tronixstuff.wordpress.com
http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/bbshowpost.php?bbtopic_id=123

Marius

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Jul 18, 2011, 11:31 am Last Edit: Jul 18, 2011, 11:36 am by Marius Reason: 1
Mark,
The problem with the free version of Eagle is that you can only do a very small pcb. If you want to look at a production package that is free, and you are starting from scratch, have a look at Designspark. There is a script available from Eagle to convert your designs to Designspark from Eagle.

www.designspark.com
Rather people think you to be a fool than you open your mouth and confirm it.

cyclegadget


Mark,
The problem with the free version of Eagle is that you can only do a very small pcb. If you want to look at a production package that is free, and you are starting from scratch, have a look at Designspark. There is a script available from Eagle to convert your designs to Designspark from Eagle.

www.designspark.com


Thanks the very good info! It is always nice to have lots of options.

    My PCB plan is actually going to be 1 x 3 inches...when I figure out how to lay out the components properly. The open source design that I am trying to copy did fit on a 1 x 3.  However, I have discovered that it will only do that if you lay it out correctly.  Now, I am considering using SMD components but, using the bigger sized ones. That should help with my space issue and would be cool too.

Mark
Good links: Eagle tutorial= http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDE1858BD83D19C70
General Arduion tutorials = http://tronixstuff.wordpress.com
http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/bbshowpost.php?bbtopic_id=123

Marius

Mark,
There is no problem with using Eagle. I use it when I want to do a small or quick job. It works very well. The library edit functions are a bit of a pain for me but I like the package.

Anyway, good luck with your project.
Rather people think you to be a fool than you open your mouth and confirm it.

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