This is also how we do it... I bring in the gerber from their scans and put
it on mechanical layers in the Protel database. The I place the components
on top of the image and move the traces from the mechanical layers to the
trace layers. - Bill Brooks


-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Saputelli [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2001 11:20 AM
To: Protel EDA Forum
Subject: Re: [PEDA] gerbers from a scan ??


i have heard of this working, if i were doing it i think i would re-draw
the thing in protel on top of the imported gerber
don't forget you're going to need a good drill file too!

good luck and keep us posted

Dennis Saputelli


Robison Michael R CNIN wrote:
> 
> hello,
> 
> i guess our customer on this board rebuild job is happy with us
> and has given us a bunch more boards to do.  over half of them
> are simple two-sided boards.  with no existing gerbers, up til
> now i've been recreating these in protel with a stripped board and
> a set of calipers.
> 
> this issue has been sitting on the backburner for me a while, but
> bob wolfe mentioned something close to it and now my interest
> is piqued.  there is another facility here on base that can take an
> existing board that's stripped and somehow scan or photograph
> the surface and generate gerbers from that.  they want me to go
> over and check it out and give them an idea of whether this is a
> good idea and what kind of problems might be involved with this
> process.
> 
> my question:  what am i likely to find when i go over there?  i'm
> going to assume that there is some scanning or photographic
> hardware thats associated with some software program that
> converts a raster image into the vectorized gerber files.  are you
> guys familiar with this kind of setup?  what are some of the software/
> hardware setups employed for this?  surely its better than me sitting
> here re-creating the boards by hand.
> 
> any comments will be appreciated.
> 
> thanks, miker

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