Electronics design is constantly innovating and pushing the limits of technology. But at the same time, we are so busy using old methods of going to production that we can often fail to see that we’re suffering from limitations of an ancient process.
While Gerber files have been the method of choice used by PCB designers and fabricators for over 30 years, they have some pretty significant drawbacks. For example, there’s no layer stack or materials information. No net list or test points. No pick and place or bill of materials for assembly and no drill files. And all these items have to be generated separately which can lead to errors and formatting problems during fab tooling.
That’s why Altium is getting behind intelligent updated new formatting like Gerber X2 which includes:
backwards compatible image outputs for layers
layer stack definitions
drill files and other necessary intelligence.
Altium empowers you to include all necessary information about your designs in a more reliable file format, which reduces tooling time and costs.
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