How to panelize PCBs with CAM350

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The CAM350 is a software for electronic engineers to check the designs. And also, it is widely used to panelize PCBs for SMT producing to save costs of making PCBs. Elecrow supplies the PCB Fabricate service to help our users cost down the PCB costs.

So, here is a step by step tutorial for you to learn how to panelize PCBs with the CAM350, to make your designs more effective and cheaper.


Open gerber file with CAM 350

step 1, open gerber files with CAM350.

  • 1)File->Import->autoImport

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  • 2)Choose autoImport Directory

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  • 3)Do not select the drill layer.

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  • 4) Press the Finish button.
  • 5) Import the drill layer

a. File->Import->Drill Data
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b. press this button to choose the drill layer file. choose All Files, then double click the drill layer file.
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c. Select Leading, then press the OK button.
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Congratulations, you have open the Gerber files with CAM350 success now.
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step 2, save as file

Panelize PCBs

step 1, Press the File->NEW, then click File->Open. open PCBname.CAM.
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step 2, press File->Merge, select the file that you want to panelize and open it.
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step 3, press ok button.
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step 4, Right click, place it at anywhere.
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step 5, Press Edit->Move, Move the next gerber files to where you want to place it.
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step 6, Press Edit->Change-> Explode -> All.
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step 7, Right Click the white board. press Yes Button.
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step 8, Now, there are a lot of layer file in the gerber file. we need to move the same layer to one layer.
Here make the GBO layer as an Example.
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Double click the GBO, then press the SelectAll Button, then press the Move To Layer button.

Select the GBO.
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Do the same things for the other layers. When you moved all the same layers to one layer. Press File->Save.
you have panelized the two PCB as one Gerber. Now you have to export the Gerber data.

Export the Gerber Data

Step 1, press File->Export ->Gerber Data
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step 2, Press the Export Path to select where to export. Change All the Filename as required. then press the OK button to export the Gerber data.
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step 3. Export the Drill data
press File->Export->Drill Data.
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then you can change the drill layer filename, press the OK button.
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Then press File->New, open the gerber file you just exported. Don't forget to check the gerber file is right you needed or not. please check the following PCB Layers
Gerber file requirement:(The following layers are needed)

Top layer: pcbname.GTL
Bottom layer: pcbname.GBL
Solder Stop Mask top: pcbname.GTS
Solder Stop Mask Bottom: pcbname.GBS
Silk Top: pcbname.GTO
Silk Bottom: pcbname.GBO
NC Drill: pcbname.TXT
Mechanical layer : pcbname.GML


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