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Importing and Exporting GERBER Files
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* October 17, 2016, 07:29:28 PM
Is TurboCAD considering importing GERBER files?

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October 18, 2016, 12:39:45 AM
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That would certainly be convenient for me.  I use GCPrevue Plus, but it's DXF Export for filled objects looks atrocious.


Jeff


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* October 18, 2016, 03:50:55 AM
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I have a TurboCAD Pro Platinum renewal license and it seems that TurboCAD needs to start supporting some of the common Hobby class formats if they want to grow business.  With the advent of Computer Aided Machining (CAM) you would think they would better support the export of .dxf files.  I have a laser cutter (LaserCAD software) and converted Harbor Freight mill (CNC using Mach4) machine and both require .dxf files as inputs.  I am now making circuit boards with DesignSpark and would like a way to convert Gerber (solder paste masks .gbr) files to .dxf so I can cut the paste masks on my laser cutter.  I made TurboCAD my primary SW package for a lot of my work.  But lately I have been disappointed with it's handling of .dxf files as well as .png, .bmp and .gif.  A lot of the imports become blurry; I wish someone could please explain why.   I was importing these files into TurboCAD and effectively tracing them and outputting them to the laser cutter/engraver. (some of my projects are posted on www.timsmachines.com)  No, I am not in business; just a hobbyist sharing knowledge.   
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October 18, 2016, 12:12:56 PM
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... lately I have been disappointed with it's handling of .dxf files as well as .png, .bmp and .gif.  A lot of the imports become blurry; I wish someone could please explain why.

I expect that your problems with PNG, BMP and GIF images being "blurry" is that they don't have the necessary resolution.  You should go for, at least, 200 DPI (aka 100 LPI) for a reasonably sharp image.  If your board size if 5"x8", that would translate to 1000x8000 pixels.


Jeff

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