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Anyone who can help opening this .pcb file and converting it to gerber file?

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#79161

Anyone who can help opening this .pcb file and converting it to gerber file? | 10 October, 2017

We received a .pcb file from an American customer. It is a Aluminum board, which should be easy one. But we can not open it with many SWs. We tried to open it by txt and haven't found the design software name. Our sales tried to contact the customer, but the auto reply email shows he will be on a vacation till next Monday. So I'm here for help. Can anyone who can help opening it and convert it to gerber file? our sales email eileen@madpcb.com, thks in advance!

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#79162

Anyone who can help opening this .pcb file and converting it to gerber file? | 10 October, 2017

THIS IS NOT A PCB FILE! DO NOT OPEN IT!

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#79163

Anyone who can help opening this .pcb file and converting it to gerber file? | 10 October, 2017

Actually it is, open it with a nice safe text editor and in amongst all the binary crap it cannot read are a few clues. This file was created with a free PCB layout tool called PCB Artist that is given away by Advanced Circuits http://www.4pcb.com/, quite why it downloads as attachment.cfm is anyones guess. PCB Artist seems to be highly integrated with Advanced Circuit ordering system, it looks like you can only get useful things like a Gerber output of your design after placing an order with them for that design first. I don't think this file is very useful on its own, you need the designer to either use something else or get the gerbers for you buy getting a few made with Advanced Circuits.

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#79174

Anyone who can help opening this .pcb file and converting it to gerber file? | 10 October, 2017

Hi bukas,it's a safe file. don't worry!

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#79176

Anyone who can help opening this .pcb file and converting it to gerber file? | 10 October, 2017

Hi Spoiltforchoice, you are right. I tried to download and setup the PCB Artist as you said. The pcb file is really designed by it, and I opened it, but unfortunately there is no any gerber output option. Maybe this sw is only used to design some simple thru-hole boards. Thanks a lot!

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#79183

Anyone who can help opening this .pcb file and converting it to gerber file? | 11 October, 2017

As I said, this software is not designed to give YOU a gerber file. The software is free so that you use their manufacturing services to have the PCB manufactured, it is all very cunning but then there is no such thing as a free lunch. It actually seems to be quite a capable package otherwise, with far fewer limitations than some other cheap or free software. Whether that truly boils down to value to your customer depends entirely on what it costs to use Adavanced Circuits. For this particular PCB however, given its apparent simplicity your customer might have been better off just using one of the other free tools like KiCad which would easily have managed this and generated files anyone can use.

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