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PostSubject: FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code   FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code Icon_minitimeTue Jun 22, 2010 7:33 am

This is an example to show a process of generating some G code files with using FreePCB and CopperCAM. The FreePCB is used to design the PCB layout and create the Gerber files. The CopperCAM can be used to produce G code files such as hole drilling file, circuit engraving , and cutting of printed-circuit

Part A - FreePCB

1. Open the FreePCB
FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code 4724708932_8ea717616d

2. Open a sample file of motor.fpc which is store in C:\Program Files\FreePCB\projects\Tutorial
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3. The file is open as below:
FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code 4724719388_a9a79d56e3

4. Click File>>Generate CAM files...
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5. Select the Drill file, the Gerber - top copper and the Gerber - bottom copper.
Enter the location of the Output folder you want! And that check the Create Files!
(The files had be save at C:\Documents and Settings\CAM)
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6. Select OK to create a new folder for saving the files.
FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code 4724064293_5437f7218e

7. The CAM files have been created!
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Part B- CopperCAM

1.Open the CopperCAM. And then, Select Open >> New circuit...
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2.Find the "bottom_copper.grb" file under C:\Documents and Settings\CAM
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3. Select Open >> Drills to find the "drill_file.drl" under C:\Documents and Settings\CAM
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4. Press "Yes" to confirm. You can seem that the drill holes are not matched with the circuit layout.
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5. Select Display >> Layer #5(drill).
FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code 4724234613_5074aab9aa_m

6. Use the "Rotation" and the "Mirror" functions to change the orientation of the drill holes.
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7.Check Display >> Layer #1 and then select the Reference Pad Icon
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8. Select a Reference Pad first! (Don' t select any shapes!)
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9. Select Layer #5 (drills) again.
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After that, select the corresponding drill hole and right click the mouse, choose " adjust to reference pad"
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10. Then, the drill holes will move to the corresponding position. Use the Rotation feature to rotation the design.
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11. Select a board boundary line and right click, then, select "Cut all indentical tracks"
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Select "Outside contour" and select OK to exit.
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12. Check the "Calculate contours" button.
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Select "OK" to exit.
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13. Select the icon of "Final rendering" FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code 4724887478_5660317b42_m

The appearance of the final product can be stimulated!
FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code 4724236383_b6737a7c14

14. Check "Mill" button.FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code 4724888064_db5ccf8bc1_m

Select Drilling[single tool] in the Section#1 first and select OK.
FreePCB+CopperCam to produce G code 4724888636_72cc72b02b

The G code file of hole drilling part have been created. Please save it!
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Finally, repeat the step 14 to generate and save the "Engraving layer" part and "Cutting out" part.

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