Review DFM Reports using "Live CAM Data". A new and Powerful way to View & Fix DFM Reports
Before submitting your PCB design for fabrication, you should ensure that your design passes a series of critical DFM (design for manufacturing) checks. For several years, PentaLogix has provided Smart DFM, a free program that checks your design data against the manufacturing requirements of our US Quick Turn manufacturing partners. Smart DFM is a great tool that lets you find DFM problems in your design. However, Smart DFM will only check your design against a single DFM Rule set that applies to our PCB manufacturing partners.
PentaLogix recently introduced the PCB Analyzer. This tool prepares raw Gerber and drill data for manufacture and allows you to check the data against custom DFM Rule Sets that you control. You can set up custom DFM rules that apply to your preferred PCB vendor. If the DFM Rule Check detects any errors, then you can create a DFM Report. This DFM Report is not just a .PDF file with some static images. Instead, the DFM Report generated by the PCB Analyzer allows you to review DFM Errors using "Live CAM Data".
The DFM Report Viewer is a free program that allows you to open DFM Report files (*.dfmr) generated by the PCB Analyzer. When you open the file, your Gerber and drill data is opened in one of our CAM editors. Select the DFM Errors associated with a particular DFM Rule by selecting the rule from the "Select DFM Rule To Review" combo box. Then, navigate the errors using the controls in the "Show Error Number" group box. Zoom in to see error details.
Using "Live CAM Data" gives you several benefits compared to a static report. Instead of just reviewing a PDF file with static images, you can:
The quickest and easiest way to convert customer supplied data to files ready for Panelization.