I have been using it to review designs for over a year and it has helped me find design errors or manufacturing problems before ever fabricating a board. Selecting a discrete net found in the IPC file makes trouble-shooting a visual process, not just the domain of lab techs with cumbersome diagnostic equipment. At what was then, an early stage of development, it was well advanced enough to be useable, not just as a viewer but also in my case to generate real world graphics files, I need as an intermediate stage between E-CAD and M-CAD. This tool makes the construction of a PWB understandable by early career engineers, managers, customers and experienced technologists in a way never before available. You can use it to easily find design errors and manufacturing problems way before they become wasted PCB fabrications.
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Giving feedback does get features added that real world designers would use, that vieder software designer does not have experiance of, so I am happy to come along for the ride, as the software is not only currently useful, but going in the right direction to be the link that is currently missing between the vast number of PCB, and the numerous Geerber packages. Note that this board was built, so we at least know it can be rendered Designer’s choice in CAM Software!
We have all the tools you need to create your perfect PCB. One of these days it will get cheaper, but basically there’s nobody pushing it forward.
giewer I fully support your vision of what is needed to take the next step in CAM. Impressive when used in a PCB presentation. I was able to see so much more than a typical even 3D viewer lets you, than I decided to supplement my CAD tool set with this software.
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I have been using it to review designs for over a year and it has helped me find design errors or manufacturing problems before ever fabricating a board. The actual PCB has plated slots and plated edges, which I would like to try to render eventually too. Integrity check after download – Please check the signature of the install exe file. Being a Beta tester does have its benefits. Pointer, pan, zoom and measure tools are available too. For over 30 years Pentalogix has been considered the leader in providing engineers with CAM and Gerber software products.
We design single, double, and high layer count Up to 32 layersRigid, and Flex-Rigid printed circuit boards.
It simplifies the control of other’s projects. There is no reason it has to be this hard. The functionalities and the visualization offer an instant vision of the errors in the PCB, making it essential during the own projects check, partial or definitive, directly from the CAE output.
At what was then, an early stage of development, it was well advanced enough to be useable, not just as a viewer but also in my case to generate real world graphics files, I need as an intermediate stage between E-CAD and M-CAD. There are plans to create files in the native M-CAD format of the “Pro” packages, which will be quite a time saver for me.
gerbv – A Free/Open Source Gerber Viewer
You can use it to easily find design errors and manufacturing problems way before they become wasted PCB fabrications. ViewMate is the industry standard for, viewing, editing and printing Gerber data, panelize your board and much more!
Even much more expensive tools let alone other free tools are nowhere near as useful and gerner nor anywhere near as much FUN to use. We offer leaded and lead free solder pastes.
Anyhow, your software made me look like a hero today. Attached is top copper of a file which crashes the flattening algorithm. Having a “real” looking PCB before it is manufactured, means I can render an image in its indended enclosure and send model files to customers for them to include in there installation CAD files.
It is a brilliant tool for viewing both a realistic PCB renders of your Gerber files, but also to review and inspect a realistic representation of the finished PCB. Messages can be examined in a separate window, and it is possible to launch benchmarks to test the Gerber files.
gerbv – A Free/Open Source Gerber Viewer
Please download the “Portable Package” if you do not have rights to install software, limited features. I always thoroughly enjoy using this tool for over 6 years or so now as a part of my PCB design and manufacturing process and highly recommend using it.
Gerver, the app crashed on multiple occasions in our tests while we were tinkering with the settings.