OK, I have 2 different PCB designs I want to combine in to one panel (16xxx70mm + 16mmx27mm).
I have combined the 2 PCBs into one PCB, separated by stamp holes. My questions is how do you combined the individual Gerber files into a single file that the fab house (JLCPCB) can handle. I tried the utility Panelizer but that was a problem for JLCPCB.
Prior to CNC Milling my own boards, I segmented (panelized) them as shown below. I never had a problem from a Fab House as long as I provided a drawing with clear info/dimensions.
For small PCB’s they never charged me extra (in USA). I asked them for the Minimum spacing (kerf) between PCB’s so they could use typical EndMill Bit.
Naturally, the Info on drawing should indicate it’s OK to have Radius’d corners (unless technology has Square Bits…
I no longer need to do it this was as my CNC software has a Tab feature to do it.
I used it to combine Gerbers from two instances of the same board, but there is no reason to believe it wouldn’t work on heterogenous boards.
It’s written in C# so I could only get a particular version to work with Mono on Linux but I haven’t followed development for a couple of years so maybe those problems are fixed in recent releases. If you use Windows, then C# is expected to work.
PS: The individual Gerbers sets must pass any fab checks on their own. If JLCPCB doesn’t handle Gerber X2 format, then each of the boards must not be generated with X2 enabled.
yes correct , just cut and paste in the two boards, draw a new edge.cuts to incorporate both board and or a V-cut to sperate them , and then plot the whole thing asa single set of gerbers dont allow the infills ( if you have any) to rebuild as they will disconnect themselves from pads as there is no NET information ) This is important as Fabrication normally looks to rebuild infills