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Web Goblin
26-10-2013, 09:12 AM
Whats the easiest, preferably free, way to convert a gerber file to a dxf. I want to mill out a pcb which I have a gerber file for.
Is it a straight convert process or does the dxf have to be redrawn/tidied up after the conversion process?

Jonathan
26-10-2013, 02:16 PM
A while ago I had a quick look and didn't find a program to convert gerber to dxf. So instead I just used one of the programs that converts gerber to an image, then used a CAD program to vectorise it and added in circles for the holes 'manually'. Fortunately there weren't many holes...

FatFreddie
26-10-2013, 03:12 PM
CamBam will import gerber files - no idea what it does with them but the free demo gives you 40 goes before you have to buy so may be worth a try.

HankMcSpank
26-10-2013, 03:26 PM
CamBam will import gerber files - no idea what it does with them but the free demo gives you 40 goes before you have to buy so may be worth a try.

+1

I do this all the time...export my PCB layout as a gerber (from eagle), open the associated gerber file in cambam, I thenadd in all the other MOP stuff required before generating my g-code.

Cambam will allow you to export the imported gerber file to dxf.

Web Goblin
26-10-2013, 09:25 PM
Thanks guys. I've got cambam so I will give it a go. Not tonight though. Its bacardi and irn bru time!!!!!