Anyone used PCBconverter in kicad?

MaxHeadRoom

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What type of files does it produce?
Standard G.M code or there is also a format that is used by board makers, the local one to me requires it in the latter, (can't remember the Type).
But they had a close resemblance to each other. Basically just a series of drill hole positions.
 

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AlbertHall

Joined Jun 4, 2014
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What type of files does it produce?
Standard G.M code or there is also a format that is used by board makers, the local one to me requires it in the latter, (can't remember the Type).
But they had a close resemblance to each other. Basically just a series of drill hole positions.
I don't know. I don't know whether it can handle double sided boards.
Presently I use eagle and PCBgcode to generate gcode files. I have written a VB6 program which takes these gcode files and combines them into one file and adds auto-levelling probing.
I like kicad which is fine if I want to get professionally made boards but the time and expense of this is not desirable. I would like to find a way of getting from kicad to my CNC.
 

MaxHeadRoom

Joined Jul 18, 2013
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Further info from the link would indicate is routes traces as well as the drill holes for e.g. so I would imagine it converts to CNC G,M code for full mill/drill operation etc?
For double sided boards, you would need an accurate table reference when flipping the board over.
Max,
 

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AlbertHall

Joined Jun 4, 2014
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My VB software adds two 3mm holes through the board and into the sacrificial piece. Then I put two 3mm steel dowels in those holes and flip the board, locating it on those dowels.
 

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AlbertHall

Joined Jun 4, 2014
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Update: It seems that FlatCam (free) can import gerber files and generate isolation milling to gcode files and also add location holes for flipping a double sided board.
So I need to verify that the gcode files are compatible with LinuxCNC (or can be converted with a VB program), then I can start the learning curve for this new tool chain.

Incidentally, I have just had two boards made by NextPCB because they were bigger than I could mill myself. There is a problem when assembling them. The solder resist coating is very slippery so I pop some SMD part out of the strip carrier onto the board and it promptly slides off the board and vanishes! Maybe I could make the CNC mill into a 'manual' pick and place machine, with vacuum pickup and camera?
 
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