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chris2006

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28 Nov 2019 :  08:57:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All

I have gerber files that I need to alter slightly

On the PCB there is a location for a jumper wire which I need to make into a solid track

Is this possible in easy PC V22 ?

Thanks

Chris2006

edrees

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28 Nov 2019 :  09:20:07  Show Profile  Visit edrees's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A simple mod like this can be effected in any Gerber editor program. You can also import all the Gerber files into EasyPC and do the modification there and regenerate the full set of Gerbers too. But, depending on the exact detail of the pcb design Easy PC may not import all design features of the original pcb layout. For example, some copper flood areas and pad shapes may have to be re-checked afterwards (on both Gerber Import and Intelligent Gerber Import), depending on the original source program used to generate the Gerber files.
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chris2006

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28 Nov 2019 :  10:09:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi

Thanks for the reply

I dont have the original files as I paid for the service and they only provided gerber files for production

Can you tell me the best way to remove the through hole locations where the wire link is situated and make a solid track ?

Thanks
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edrees

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28 Nov 2019 :  10:43:11  Show Profile  Visit edrees's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The "best" way depends on a number of factors (as usual). Without seeing the design it's difficult to advise. But from what you are saying a simple mod in a Gerber Editor should do the trick, or just ask your pcb manufacturer to add the copper track for you.
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Iain Wilkie

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28 Nov 2019 :  10:51:53  Show Profile  Visit Iain Wilkie's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yup a gerber editor is the way to do it as its a simple modification.
I actually did something similar for a customer a few weeks back ! Its not that difficult.

I use FAB3000 but thats an expensive tool so you might want to look around and find a cheaper or free tool.

Iain
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chris2006

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28 Nov 2019 :  17:07:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi

I've downloaded the free trial of GC-PowerPlace to see if that will work

I could ask the PCB manufacturer to make the changes but I'm also interested in learning how to make my own changes
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