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 Post subject: Re: Importing DXF for drill holes - which layer to use?
PostPosted: 07 Aug 2017, 18:57 

Joined: 06 Mar 2017, 23:13
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OK, I tried importing a single circle from LibreCAD and it does convert to a mounting hole. Finally, some results, haha.

So I guess it's an issue with the DXF data that Illustrator generates, or the ability of Diptrace to handle the same. DXF and DWG exports from AI have never been a problem with other apps that I work with.

I'll keep experimenting, hoping for a cleaner process. Thanks for your feedback.

Tomg wrote:
If not, then here is a work-around that might work...

OK, I found a somewhat simpler workaround:

1) With a new/empty file, import the DXF into the Top Pads layer
2) Select all the shapes and change them from Polygon to Ellipse in the Properties sidebar
3) Export the Top layer only as a Gerber
4) File>Import>Gerber and convert to Mt Holes

All the circles are now imported as plated mounting holes. Set the outer diameter to the same value as the inner diameter where plating is not needed.

Very tedious, but not as tedious as redrawing each hole manually and entering the X/Y coordinates.

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