All CAM functions are grouped in this module. Design of PCB layout is completed by individually editing artworks of each layer. User has the option to add targets, coupons, thieving and venting areas. Copper pour areas are checked for possible shortcuts or areas isolated by air-gaps. Final artworks are prepared for photoplotting. The standards
(RS-274D) and extended (RS-274X) Gerber ASCII formats are supported by the program. Powerful
Gerber ASCII file viewer is an integral part of this module enabling to verify artworks before sending them for plotting and manufacturing.
NC Drill data are generated in Excellon format with or without tool movement optimization. Drill templates are created optionally and may be printed or save as Gerber files for photoplotting. This module includes functions for inserting dimensions generation of various mechanical drawings.
PCB Assembly output is generated in IPC-355 and Bare Board Testing output in
IPC-356A formats. The whole project database may be also exported in GenCAM format.
It is recommended that the user go through fabrication tasks before starting Fabrication Manager as it explains in detail all the operations carried out in this module.
How to Create Copper Pour Areas?
How to Generate PCB Assembly Outputs?
How to Generate NC Drill?
How to Generate Gerber Output?
How to Generate Bare Board Testing?
The three main out puts of Fabrication manager are Gerber,NC Drill ,
Outputs and Bare Board Test Data required for photoplotting. Gerber is the
accepted standard format used as input to photoplotters that generate the design
data on films. These films are used as masters for manufacturing the PCB, the
physical realization of the schematic data. The Gerber Output of the layout
design is converted to an Artwork File to view in EDWin.
The Major Tasks done with Fabrication Manager is as follows:
Optional creation of Copper Planes and Copper Pour Areas
Adding Dimensions and Notes
Printing Layout Documentation drawings
Extracting NC-drill data to disk files or paper tape
Editing, Dimensioning and Printing of drill templates
Editing and Printing of layer artworks
Generation of artwork data files in Gerber ASCII format
Preview of artworks in Gerber ASCII files
Generation of disk files containing generic data for Pick & Place machines
Generation of disk files containing bill of Materials