Gerber Data Design Review & Conversion

Acuity Electronics, Inc.

The ability to reverse engineer Gerber data quickly and accurately is critical for electronics manufacturers.

The most common format supplied to PCB manufacturers, Gerber, is frequently the only file format provided to the circuit board manufacturer, either because the CAD file is unavailable, or the customer is unwilling to provide the original. Because Gerber data is “non-intelligent,” it contains only drawn lines and pad flashes with no correlations to the parts, nets and routes in the circuit. This presents a problem for manufacturers in that all equipment must be programmed manually, requiring exponentially more time than if they had the correct data.

Gerber Expert solves this problem.

With Gerber Expert, you can quickly identify the lines and pads in your Gerber file that define components, part parameters, and connectivity. Components and board information, including all nets, vias, test points, etc., are automatically extracted from the Gerber data. You can then export this data into many formats, including Fat-f, the industry standard, and the generic CAD format owned by Siemens PLM Software.

Using any of the five unique levels of automated footprint/component identification, you will be able to quickly and easily reverse engineer your PCB. With the right data set, you can complete the entire process for even your most complex/high-density boards in a matter of minutes, not hours.

Key Features and Benefits of Gerber Expert

Create intelligent part information where none previously existed.

FAST & EASY REVERSE ENGINEERING Five unique levels of automated footprint/component identification are available for fast and easy processing of even high-density board designs.

INTEGRATED FOOTPRINT LIBRARY Control “master” footprints, device creation and association, and pin numbering.

Create netlist information for even the most complex designs with Gerber Expert’s powerful HyperNETLIST Generation. HyperNETLIST Comparison provides true graphical verification.

PINPOINT ERRORS Not found in other systems, our Pin-Point Error feature quickly locates your shorts and opens them.

Supports SMT, Through-hole, blind and buried, and MCM

Our comprehensive import wizard automatically recognizes file formats and their parameters when available. Export to Fat-F format or Generic ASCII/COM format for use in downstream applications.


BOM IMPORT Finalize reverse engineering with part numbers, device descriptions, values, and tolerance data.

EXPORT OPTIONS Export to industry-standard Fat-F format (for use in UniCam or other Tecnomatix solutions) or export in generic ASCII/COM format (universal output support with full access to all data elements).

Simple database navigator allows quick and easy access to layers, apertures, netlists, and more.

QUICK AND EASY ACCESS No need to hunt through menus and toolbars to find important design data and frequently used functions.

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