Gerber Files For PCB Fabrication
If you’re still relying on a traditional Gerber file format for your exporting your PCB fabrication data, then your files might not have all the information you want to convey to the manufacturing house.
Now there is a more advanced evolution of the existing Gerber RS-274X standard: Gerber X2.
Gerber X2 is part of Altium Designer, and it allows your Gerber files to have additional data for PCB fabrication. It is available for both individual and output job file generation, too. Compared to RS-274X, the new Gerber X2 format includes important information such as:
Impedance controlled tracks
Pad and via attributes
Layer stack definitions
And if the assembly house doesn’t have Gerber X2 yet, rest assured your files will still be readable, because Gerber X2 is compatible with Gerber RS-274X. Make your Gerber files for PCB fabrication as data-rich as you need them to be. Start exploring Altium Designer today with a FREE TRIAL, and you’ll see there’s a lot to appreciate about this PCB design platform beyond Gerber X2.