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Questions about the BatchPCB service

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By roach
#7339
I've looked around the site a bit, and I haven't really found an answer to this (feel free to "RTFM" me if I missed it somewhere).

Does the PCB Deal include support for non-rectangular boards? I'm doing my board layout in EAGLE (1.14). Since the submission process doesn't include the "dimension" layer, how can I indicate any custom cutouts or slots?
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By roach
#7365
Thanks eejake! The SFE script I got from the site doesn't actually put the Dimension layer onto the new _tsilk and _bsilk layers. Is it possible I'm using the wrong script? Can anyone tell me where I can download the latest version of the silk_gen.ulp and SFE-Special.cam?
By eejake52
#7374
Hmmm, I'm probably wrong about that ULP. I just tried it and got the same result as you. I don't know how they determine the board dimensions; but somehow it happens, because all of my boards have been cut to exactly the right size to fit in the snap track. See this example:
http://www.telusplanet.net/public/jacob ... el/thermo/

Anyone else know how they do this?

Jake
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By roach
#7375
Well, I added the "Dimension" layer to the two Silk Screen sections in the CAM job. The layer prints out fine, but I don't know if Sparky will reject the board, since the Dimension layer wires are less than 8 mils.

I DO know that the online cost calculator (http://www.sparkfun.com/~mpittuck/size.php) uses the silkscreen files to calculate size, which leads me to think that the dimension layer should be included in these files.
By starboarder2001
#7382
Just add the dimensions to the top silkscreen layer.

Here is a example of a board that has a odd shape:
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