1. Good day all.

    I have been making my own pcb's on and off for the last few years via the toner xfer, and uv methered.

    I am now also looking at trying to make quick prototypes using PCB Isolation Routing.

    I have only ever used a program called DipTrace for designing the PCB's and as far as I can tell it can not output g-code for isolation routing.

    Can anyone please advice what software I might need, and how I go about doing it.

    Thanks for your time.

    Best Regards.
    "If first you don't succeed, redefine success"

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    I use Eagle (www.cadsoft.de) to design the schematic/board and then use a freeware pcb-gcode.ulp to output the isolation, drilling, milling g-code files.
    Eagle has a freeware limited edition that will do boards up to 100mm by 80mm and 2 layers.
    There are also a yahoo groups for supporting Eagle and the pcb-gcode ulp.
    Art

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    (Older than Dirt)

  3. Thanks for that, I have found that each time I look on google regarding pcb isolation routing. I always seem to be heading back to eagle.

    The current board I am wanting to make is a duel layer board 152x294mm.
    "If first you don't succeed, redefine success"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Professor View Post
    I am now also looking at trying to make quick prototypes using PCB Isolation Routing.

    I have only ever used a program called DipTrace for designing the PCB's and as far as I can tell it can not output g-code for isolation routing.

    Can anyone please advice what software I might need, and how I go about doing it.
    If you like DipTrace, stick with it. Even though it seems more widely used, I couldn't get on with Eagle.

    As I understand it, DipTrace will output DXF files. There are many free or inexpensive CAM programs that will go from DXF to G-code.

    Start here:

    http://www.freebyte.com/cad/cadcam.htm

    (Don't try a Google search for 'free CAM')

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