[NTLK] Followup on EM300 and SER-001 boards: What a disappointment!

Allen Russell Allen.Russell at linde.com
Tue Aug 28 10:40:51 EDT 2018


I don't know if you want to spend time checking gerber files, but I happened to see this on the internet:

< quote> Ucamco, custodian of the Gerber format, offers a free Reference Gerber Viewer to the Gerber community. The link is https://gerber.ucamco.com/
<https://www.element14.com/community/external-link.jspa?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgerber.ucamco.com%2F>It is a cloud-based online web service. There is no software to download, install and maintain. It is always up-to-date.

On the Downloads page (https://www.ucamco.com/en/downloads<https://www.element14.com/community/external-link.jspa?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ucamco.com%2Fen%2Fdownloads>) you can also find the latest version of the Gerber File Format Specification.

Feedback is welcome via gerber at ucamco.com<mailto:gerber at ucamco.com>  </quote>

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Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2018 20:42:36 +0200

From: "NewtonTalk" <newtontalk at pda-soft.de<mailto:newtontalk at pda-soft.de>>

To: <newtontalk at newtontalk.net<mailto:newtontalk at newtontalk.net>>

Subject: [NTLK] Followup on EM300 and SER-001 boards: What a        disappointment!

Hi all,

bad news: The boards I just got from Beta Layout are more than twice as thick as the original boards (1.7mm instead of 0.8mm). This means that the

EM300 boards will not fit into the eMate's board holder, and the SER-001 boards will prevent the back part of the 2x00's case from being properly reattached.

No idea how this happened. I sent them David's layout files without any change. The boards are perfect except for their thickness. I'd expect if Beta can figure out board width and height, drill positions, soldering pad positions and all that other stuff from the Gerber files, surely they should find board thickness info there, too! And if they didn't, they should've asked!

I sent them an E-Mail asking how we can solve this problem. Let's hope they either waive the invoiced amount or furnish me with boards that we can use.Otherwise I will have just flushed almost 250 Euros down the drain. That money should have better gone towards the reflow soldering equipment I'm currently saving for and intended to buy next.

Then again: If I do not have usable boards, I do not need reflow soldering equipment in the first place. Always look on the bright side of life.

Sorry for grumbling. I had to blow off some steam.





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