H.J. Koch 
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Olimex 2009 
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How to export Gerber files from Altium Designer  (Protel) 
matching Olimex’ PCB production
Design Setup from Altium 
Contents 
1.
Clearance Setup ................................................................................................................................. 3
2.
Routing Width ................................................................................................................................... 4
3.
Plane Connect .................................................................................................................................... 4
4.
Plane Clearance ................................................................................................................................. 5
5.
Using Polygon Pour ........................................................................................................................... 5
6.
Design Rule Check ............................................................................................................................ 6
7.
Gerber Export .................................................................................................................................... 7
General Setting ..................................................................................................................................... 8
Layers Setting ....................................................................................................................................... 9
Drill Drawing Setting ......................................................................................................................... 10
Aperture Setting .................................................................................................................................. 11
Advanced Setting ................................................................................................................................ 11
8.
CAMtasticx.Cam file ....................................................................................................................... 13
9.
Exporting your drill settings ............................................................................................................ 15
List of Figures 
Figure 1 - Clearance Setup ....................................................................................................................... 3
Figure 2 - Routing Width .......................................................................................................................... 4
Figure 3 - Plane Connect .......................................................................................................................... 4
Figure 4 - Plane Clearance ........................................................................................................................ 5
Figure 5 - Polygon Pour ............................................................................................................................ 5
Figure 6 - Design Rule Check .................................................................................................................. 6
Figure 7 - Gerber Export - Tracks ............................................................................................................ 7
Figure 8 - Gerber Setup - General ............................................................................................................ 8
Figure 9 - Gerber Setup - Layers .............................................................................................................. 9
Figure 10 - Gerber Setup - Drill Drawing .............................................................................................. 10
Figure 11 - Gerber Setup - Apertures ..................................................................................................... 11
Figure 12 - Gerber Setup - Advanced ..................................................................................................... 12
Figure 13 - Gerber Setup - OK ............................................................................................................... 12
Figure 14 - CAMtasticx.Cam file ........................................................................................................... 13
Figure 15 - Export Gerber ....................................................................................................................... 14
Figure 16 - Export  Gerber - RS-274-X (extended Gerber) .................................................................... 14
Figure 17 - Write Gerber(s) .................................................................................................................... 15
Figure 18 -  Exporting Drills .................................................................................................................. 15
Figure 19 - NC Drill Outputs .................................................................................................................. 16
Figure 20 - NC Drill Setup (Altium Designer 2009) .............................................................................. 16
Figure 22 - Import Drill Data .................................................................................................................. 17
Figure 23 - Export NC Drill Files to Gerber........................................................................................... 17
Figure 24 - Export Gerber(s) - RS-274-X ............................................................................................... 18
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Version History 
1.1 
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1.0 
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1. Clearance Setup 
Before routing and placing anything be sure to setup clearance to minimum 10mill (Olimex 
can handle a minimum of 8mill but I had problems even though 
a setting of 10 mill has 
solving the problems.) 
This setting can be set in the menu:  Design |Rules…
Figure 1 - Clearance Setup 
Change this to 10mill as shown by the blue arrow 
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2. Routing Width 
Be sure to use minimum 8 mill setting for the Routing Width. 
This can also be changed in the menu: Design |Rules…
Figure 2 - Routing Width 
3. Plane Connect 
Go to menu:  Design |Rules… and choose the setting for Plane | PlaneConnect
Also here be sure to use minimum 8 mill. 
Figure 3 - Plane Connect 
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4. Plane Clearance 
Go to menu:  Design |Rules… and choose the setting for
Plane | PlaneCleance 
Also here be sure to use minimum 8 mill. 
Figure 4 - Plane Clearance 
5. Using Polygon Pour 
When using a copper surface (Polygon Pours) also remember to use minimum of 8 mills here 
Figure 5 - Polygon Pour 
NOTE ! 
The pour needs to be Hatched (made by Tracks and Arcs) instead of a solid 
copper area. 
Remember to set Track Width, Grid Size, Minimum Primitive Length also to minimum 8 mill. 
A setting of 10 mill works every time 
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6. Design Rule Check 
After finishing the design and before generating the Gerber files you should run a Design 
Rule check. 
This check will use the setting and distances that you have already set up in the previous 
items following this tutorial. 
Figure 6 - Design Rule Check 
Go to the menu: Tools |  Design Rule Check….
Run the check and go no further with gerber files if errors are found. 
Read the errors if any 
correct them until no further errors are found. 
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7. Gerber Export  
To make the G
erber files to the menu:  Files | Fabrication Outputs and choose “Gerber Files”
Figure 7 - Gerber Export - Tracks 
You will now see 5 pages in the following dialog box 
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General Setting 
In the General Setting set the precision to 2:4 
(0,1 mill resolution) 
Figure 8 - Gerber Setup - General 
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Layers Setting 
Include the layers that you want to export by marking these 
Figure 9 - Gerber Setup - Layers 
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Drill Drawing Setting 
Mark both layers for Drill Drawing Plots 
Figure 10 - Gerber Setup - Drill Drawing 
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