Exporting Mesh to Gerber Format

A Gerber mesh is typically used in printed circuit board industry software, for example, to describe the printed circuit board images such as copper layers, solder mask and legends.

When exporting planar structures to Gerber format, all entities are projected onto the XY plane.

Each model entity is written to its own Gerber layer with its layer name equal to the entity label.
Note: This is an information layer and not a layer in the PCB sense.

If a model outline is required, use CADFEKO wires as the wires are exported as zero width wires.

Note: The export of drilling information is not supported.
  1. [Optional] Select the geometry parts or mesh parts to export. If no part is selected, all mesh parts are exported.
  2. On the Home tab, in the File group, click the  Export icon. From the drop-down list select the  Mesh icon. From the drop-down list select Gerber mesh (*.gbr).

    Figure 1. The Gerber export dialog.

If a geometry part or mesh part was selected in Step 1, the Only export selection check box is selected.

  1. [Optional] To export all mesh parts, clear the Only export selection check box.
  2. [Optional] To export a mirrored version of the geometry, select the Mirror horizontally (around Y axis) check box.

If the model contains mesh parts (imported meshes) and simulation meshes (meshed geometry or remeshed mesh parts), the options under Specify which mesh to export are enabled.

  1. Under Specify which mesh to export, select one of the following:
    • To export the meshed model of the geometry or the remeshed version of an imported mesh, click Simulation mesh.
    • To export an imported mesh, click Model mesh.
  2. Click OK to export the mesh to Gerber format and to close the dialog.