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Thursday, 3 September 2015

My Gerber files do not line up with my drill files?

This is something that I see and get asked about often, eyes light up when I tell them how to fix this.

What happens is that a user will produce Gerber and drill files centered in the bed in the scale & position dialogue and when they are imported into a Gerber viewer i.e. GC-Prevue the drill files are offset from the Gerbers.

This is not really a big problem as they can easily be aligned, but is would be nice if they simply lined up correctly - and they can so how?

It's easy really, just make a change to the .usr files that you use.

Within the RS274-X.USR and Excellon2.USR files there are XHIGH and YHIGH values that by default are different - I assume that this is because the photoplotter machine had a different bed size to the NC drill machine.

Simply edit the files in Notepad to read the same I.e. 24000 in both files - this gives you a 2' square bed. Or if Metric - try 500 for both.

Then your drills will line up.


anu said...

whether Both X and Y should be 24000?

MattyLad said...

An no.

Yes if keeping the imperial files then simply make X and Y 2400 (in both files). BE aware that this is the bed size of an old Excellon machine, which you are not actually publishing data for, now it is a virtual bed and can be anything you want it to be (within reason).

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