Electronics design is constantly changing with each new innovation pushing the envelope of technology. But sometimes, we’re so comfortable using old methods that we fail to see that we’re being held back by the imitations of an old and outdated process.
For decades, Gerber files have been the method used by fabricators and PCB designers, but most will agree that standard Gerber files have some significant drawbacks. There’s no built-in materials information or layer stack, no net list, drill files or test points, bill of materials. These items must be generated separately, which is tedious, time-consuming and can lead to errors and formatting problems.
That’s why Altium has created intelligent updated formatting with Gerber X2 which includes:
backwards compatible image outputs for layers
drill files and other necessary intelligence
Real-time cost estimation and tracking
layer stack definitions
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