How to generate the Gerber (manufacturing) files?

To place an order on Seeed Fusion service, you need to provide us with the necessary manufacturing files to produce your consignment. For Printed Circuit Board manufacture, we require the Gerber files in RS-274x format and a drill file in Excellon format. For your convenience, we have written guides on how to generate the necessary files in the correct format in some of the most popular circuit design programs available.

Altium Designer

CircuitMaker

Eagle

DipTrace

Proteus

KiCAD

DesignSpark

PCBE



The guides apply to four layer boards or less, for additional layers, please ensure that you export the necessary circuit layers.

For PCB orders, the following manufacturing files should be supplied together in a single .rar or .zip archive file. To import correctly into the Online Gerber Viewer, and to help us identify the layers, please manually change the extensions of your generated files to the ones listed below. If we cannot identify the layers we may contact you for confirmation.

      Extension                                 Layer
  • pcbname.GTL                Top Copper 
  • pcbname.GTS                Top Soldermask
  • pcbname.GTO               Top Silkscreen
  • pcbname.GBL                Bottom copper
  • pcbname.GBS                Bottom Soldermask:
  • pcbname.GBO               Bottom Silkscreen:
  • pcbname.TXT/DRL        Drills
  • pcbname.GML/GKO      Board Outline
  • pcbname.GL2                Inner Layer 2 (for ≥4 layers)
  • pcbname.GL3                Inner Layer 3 (for ≥4 layers)

Notes:

- There must be a complete board outline in your files to show us how to cut out your boards. Ideally, this should be included in the mechanical layer and not only in the silkscreen layer. In some design software, you may be required to draw this yourself manually.

Do not use non-ASCII characters in any file or folder names, this will prevent the files from importing into our CAM software..

Having problems generating the drill layer in Excellon format? If your design software does not have the option to generate the drill file in Excellon format, you can download CAM350 for free and convert it. For more information, click here.

For more information on how to place a PCB order, click here.

For information on the files required for Stencils, click here.


Fusion Technical Support

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