Ordering the AMC PCB board online - Confusing...

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Ordering the AMC PCB board online - Confusing...

Postby Arno » Fri 21. Dec 2012, 06:08

Hello there,

I am starting my project and trying to order the PCB for the latest version of the AMC 1.6 board.
I am assuming that the latest version of the files is located here:
viewtopic.php?f=39&t=132

I am not used to PCB making and I am a little bit confused with what options are needed when doing a board.
I can see options like Copper size, 1Oz or 2Oz, etc...

Furthermore, I see that we have the files:
Copper1.GBR
Copper2.GBR
Inner1.GBR
Inner2.GBR
Outline.GBR
Silkscreen1.GBR
GERBER.TMP
drill from side1.DRL

I am a bit confused as to which files to give to the PCB place.
I assume that since this is a 2-layer board, they are all needed?

Can you please help me identify which files go with these options?
Top Silkscreen
Top Soldermask
Soldermask (same both sides)
Top Copper
Top Solderpaste
Inner Copper
Bottom Copper
Bottom Soldermask
Bottom Silkscreen
Bottom Solderpaste
NC Drill

This is very challenging and I am very impressed with everybody who was able to figure it out.
I suppose that if you know electronics, this should be obvious.
Not to me. ;)

What is the actual exact physical size of the board?

Last but not least, any good online PCB prototyping place you would recommend for the USA?

Thank you for your help.
Happy Holidays!

Cordially,
Arno

Edit: Size question
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Re: Ordering the AMC PCB board online - Confusing...

Postby Arno » Fri 21. Dec 2012, 07:40

Trying to find how to open Gerber files on MAC, I found this website: http://circuitpeople.com
Open GBR files instantly, very cool and free.
Platform independent.

I think that most files are explicit, but I do not understand what inner1 and inner2 are.
Furthermore, I suppose that there is no soldermask file here?

Looking further into options when ordering a pcb online, the options are a bit intimidating...
Too many that do not mean anything to me...

Cheers,
Arno
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