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November 11, 2018
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Gerber Export Guide

This article describes the preferred method for generating Gerber and Drill files to print circuits on the Voltera V-One. Before proceeding, it is recommended to read the Circuit Design Guidelines.

Note: Screenshots are of KiCad 4.0.7 running on Mac OS X 10.12.6 Sierra. The exact names of the settings presented may differ based on the KiCad version, operating system, and circuit design in question.

Exporting Gerber Files

From the Pcbnew, navigate to File > Plot.

Under Plot format, select Gerber.

Optionally, create a subfolder to hold the generated files. By default they will be written to your project directory.

Under Layers, select F.Cu, B.Cu, F.Paste and B.Paste. You will not need all of these files for every circuit, but exporting them all simplifies this process.

Under Options:

  • Check Plot footprint values
  • Check Plot footprint references
  • Check Exclude PCB edge layer from other layers
  • Set Default line width (mm): 0.1

Under Gerber Options:

  • Check Use Protel filename extensions
  • Set Format: 4.6mm

When ready, Click Plot to export the Gerbers files.

Exporting Drill Files

Continuing from the Plot window, click Generate Drill File, next to the Plot button.

If you created a subfolder for your Gerber files, select it as your Output directory

Under Drill Units, select Millimeters

Under Zeros Format, select Decimal format

Under Drill Map File Format, select Gerber

Under Drill File Options, uncheck all options

Under Drill Origin, select Absolute

When ready, Click Drill File to export the drill file.

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