How to export PCB design from the free Altium Circuit Maker v1.0.4 so that it can be submitted to OSH Park fab. This took me an evening to figure out; OSH Park service was bitching about missing “outline” and/or drill files.
- Draw the outline of your board into the “Outline” layer of the PCB. This is not done automatically by the software!
- Use the icon “Gerber” on the Tools page of the ribbon strip to generate a ZIP file containing all layers. The following pictures document a working setting for a 2-layer board:
- Circuit Maker will generate a ZIP file containing the Gerber layers named YOUR_PROJECT_Gerber.zip
- Using the icon Drill on the Tools ribbon generate an NC-Drill zip file. The following picture documents setting on the dialogue window that pops up:
- Circuit Maker will generate a ZIP file containing the drill file named YOUR_PROJECT_NC_Drill.zip
- Go inside your Gerber ZIP file and rename the XX.Outline file to XX.GKO (where XX is the name of your PCB).
- Extract the XX.TXT file from your NC_Drill ZIP and put it inside your Gerber ZIP file; this file contains the drill data.
- Upload your modified Gerber ZIP file to OSH-Park service…
NOTE: If you skip Step #6 and do not rename .Outline to .GKO then OSH-Park will reject your ZIP file with an incorrect error message “Drill file not found” (or similar) – this is a misleading error message.
This is a preview of my latest board that I designed using Circuit Maker. It is now in production at OSH Park: