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What's the easiest way to merge gerber files?
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What's the easiest way to merge gerber files?

by daemach on Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:28 pm

I have 5 SMD boards that are under 3 square inches each. They would easily all fit on half a sheet of 8.5x11' paper. I want to get laser cut mylar/kapton stencils made, but I would really like to get all of the boards on one gerber file so I don't have to pay for multiple stencils. gerbmerge is a huge pain in the neck to set up, viewmate costs $95 and gerbv couldn't seem to export a gerber file that wasn't corrupt. Does anyone know of a good solution?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: What's the easiest way to merge gerber files?

by daemach on Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:58 pm

It looks like the windows version of gerbv works. You can add gerbers as layers, use modify orientation on each layer to adjust the translation then go to File/Export RX274 Merge (Gerber) to dump the output file. I won't know if everything works properly until I get a stencil made, but it looks ok in viewplot.

Here's the sourceforge link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gerbv/files/gerbv/

FWIW...

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