Error when exporting GenCAD file


#1

I am sending my boards to get assembled, and the assembly house is asking for GenCAD files. When I try to export this from Pcbnew, I get multiple errors that say “Type Edge Module Invalid”. It does export the file, but I am not sure if it will be complete/accurate for assembly considering the error messages it is generating. Has anyone ran into this issue before, and how can I correct it. I am using KiCad 4.0.6 on windows 7. Thanks in advance!


#2

According to this 6 year old thread

it’s not really normal to use this format.
To be honest, this is the first time I’m hearing about it.

To find out if the gencad output is correct you either need to find someone who knows the format and can look over that file or a tool that can load it and validate it.

Maybe you can try these (seem to offer evaluation versions for testing):
http://cad-gerber-viewer.com/
https://www.pcb-investigator.com/en/product

I’m not affiliated with any of this, so you’re on your own.

PS: you might ask the fab what they need this format for - maybe there is a more common format that KiCAD can provide that does the same job?

PPS: I just tried GenCAD export in a KiCAD nightly on Win7/64bit (Application: kicad
Version: (2017-02-10 revision 1bcbbb4)-makepkg) and didn’t had any problems. All my symbols & footprints are self-made though.


#3

Thank you for the information. Do you know what is normally used for assembly? They originally asked me to send the Gerber files and an ODB++ or ASCII CAD file. They asked me what software I was using, and then suggested I send the GenCAD output file when I told them KiCad.


#4

typically they should accept footprint position files


#5

I will send them that. Thank you