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How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:28:46 AM »
Dear All

Can anybody tell me that how to use Exellon PCB drill and routing file into MACH.

Thanks

sanlee

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Re: How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2008, 02:58:03 AM »
What is the file extension? Have you tried opening it from Mach? Can you attach a sample file for everyone to see?
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Re: How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2008, 03:09:09 AM »
Yes Hood

Just see the file as attached.

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Re: How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2008, 03:13:10 AM »
The 4ch4c01.txt is drilling file while Test-R is routing file. i have tried it to open into MACH but it does not respond. Also in drilling file only X and Y co-ordinates are given for Z nothing is there. so it means after every X or Y or both motion z has to come down for specific depth. am i correct?

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Re: How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2008, 04:48:00 AM »
Just loaded your files into Mach and they dont really make sense, the X and Y coords are huge, definitely not PCB sized ;) If I comment out the 3 to 6 line with () I can load the drilling file and it looks like it may be about right except for the sizing.
 Maybe you could try and save your drawing as a DXF and open in lazyCam and see if you can get the code that way.
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Re: How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2008, 07:10:11 AM »
Hood

Actually i think these all cord are in mil hence it is having without decimal. and 2nd thing is i dont have the original file. i have only these drilling and routing file only. hence i have to check whether is it possible by MACH to route this file or not. If MACH can do this then it would be wonderful in PCB industries.

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Re: How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2008, 07:50:33 AM »
Sanlee
 I work in mm all the time as I am from the UK however it must be a mighty big PCB as for example one move is to Y506, the next Y move is Y5695 thats a 5,189mm move or in inches 204".
 As you said there are no Z moves in this, also its not normal style G Code, no G1 moves etc.
 Do you have a link to their website so that maybe I can have a look to see how this works.
Hood

EDIT
 Just did a google and came up with this, might work out for you
http://talkaboutelectronicequipment.com/group/sci.electronics.cad/messages/69205.html

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Re: How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008, 01:26:39 PM »
I think what you need is here.  http://hans-w.com/download.htm    It is a free convertor to convert the ecellon files to a gcode file.

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Re: How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2008, 04:35:15 AM »
Thankyou both of you

As i have checked that Exellon to G-code converter for drilling file, there is nothing about Z. and all cord are divided by 1000 to convert into inch from the mil. in exellon file they never give Z as Z has to move fixed down to drill. so after every X and Y motion Z will come down hence in exellon formate i think they have not given but internally they may be give signal to Z. i dont have any link but you can see the Exellon machine on website: www.excellon.com. if further you can help me then it would be great for me.

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Sanlee

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Re: How to use Exellon PCB routing file into MACH
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2008, 02:04:21 PM »
SANLEE, I just converted your drill example using the convertor and it seems to a fine job??? I am not sure what more you are looking for. It adds in the z depth control as part of the conversion.

?????  (;-) TP