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Gerber File Creation

Hello Experts,

I have a .brd file, and I need a low-cost or free application to generate the BOM and gerber files from the file.  Does anyone know of an application that I can use to quickly generate the necessary information?

Regards,
aj85
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dbruntonCommented:
There is a free viewer here - Allegro http://www.cadence.com/products/pcb/Pages/downloads.aspx

Also try Eagle http://www.cadsoftusa.com/download-eagle/ and see the instructions here as well http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/blogs/rjm/833-converting-eagle-printed-circuit-board-layout-files-gerber-format.html

Don't know how well the links will work as unsure if brd is common across all utils that use it.
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aj85Author Commented:
Hello,

When I tried the Eagle download, and opened the file, I get the following:

Error:

line 1, column 1: Start tag expected.

Any ideas what is causing this?

Regards,
AJ
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aj85Author Commented:
I installed KiCad, but when I try to open my file, the only extension the software supports is a .pro file.  The version I have downloaded is 2.9.4, is there some other version that I should be using?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Circuit Board CAD programs use a lot of proprietary formats.  Do you know what program generated the file you have?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
It looks like this free viewer may get you started at least.  http://www.cadence.com/products/pcb/Pages/downloads.aspx
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aj85Author Commented:
No, unfortunately.  I thought it was an Orcad or Eagle file.  I can view the file in a viewer from Oracle, but I need to generate the previously mentioned file, so create the board.
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dbruntonCommented:
Does the Cadence Allegro viewer open the file for you?

If it does then you'll need the Allegro Orcad PCB editor.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Not 'Oracle', Orcad.  As in Cadence Allegro Orcad.  They bought them a few years ago.
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aj85Author Commented:
Hello Dave, I have an application called Autovue from Oracle, that allows for the viewing of the file, but I will try the Allegro viewer.
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aj85Author Commented:
Hello All,

I am able to view the file in the Allegro viewer.  What is the next step?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
That's interesting, I never heard of that.  But in this PDF http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/autoVue/autovue-supported-file-formats-065285.pdf , it does list Cadence Allegro BRD format as one of the file formats it supports.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
What is the next step?
You can ask the company that is going to make your boards if they can read that file and make the boards directly from it.
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dbruntonCommented:
Looks like you need either the Orcad or Cadence software.

You can go here http://www.cadence.com/products/orcad/pages/downloads.aspx#demo and download the demo software and test that.
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aj85Author Commented:
Hello Dave, yes it supports a multitude of file formats, I just have not been able to use it for generating the Gerbers, perhaps there is another version.  Anyway, I will try asking the board fabricator if they can just use the .brd file, but most need an RS274x file.
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aj85Author Commented:
Hello Dbrunton,

I will try downloading the demo.  Do you know the cost for this software, or estimated cost?
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dbruntonCommented:
Also look at Altium.  It can import .brd files

http://techdocs.altium.com/display/ADOH/Moving+to+Altium+Designer+from+Cadence+Allegro+PCB+Editor

Altium has a range of products but don't know which one would be suitable and cost.
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aj85Author Commented:
Okay thanks, I will take a look at Altium as well, but it looks expensive. Lol
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dbruntonCommented:
These can be horrendous.  I can't find pricing details and if I can't find those they are expensive.

No, don't use Altium.  You need Cadence on the system first to import into Altium.

Cadence Allegro roughly 5000 - 10000 dollars.  That's a rough price.  I'd evaluate the software and then contact them directly or their sales office.  They have a base product and you add to it depending on your needs.
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