Export Formats

PCB-Investigator has many export formats, here we have a short overview and information foreach format.

All available export formats:

  • List of all formats:
  • ODB++
  • DXF
  • GenCad 1.4
  • IDF
  • Gerber 274x
  • IPC356 D Netlist
  • Sieb & Meyer drill files


  • Image (JEPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF), also AOI images in very high resolution
  • Excel/Txt Lists (BOM, Component List, Pick and Place, also individual list exports e.g. in component manager, selection list or netlist)
3D Formats:
  • Google Sketch Up files
  • 3D Data as obj-File (in 3D Window)

Our main Format is ODB++, this formats give you all copper/document/component data in a defined layer stackup. The format support netlists, drill depth, attributes and many more information.

One common format is DXF, this will be supportet by PCB-Investigator in both directions (export and import).

The GenCad Format is also supported in both directions (export and import), this data also includes nets and component information with complete layer stackups.

Next format is IDF this gives you a library file for components and a second file with layer infromation.

Gerber format is simpler with only vector data of signal elements without components and nets.
In combination with the IPC356 netlist you can export layers with net information.

Drill information can be exportet in Sieb and Meyer format. This special format has simple attributes and tool definitions.

Reports are not realy export formats, but usefull helper.
Many Reports use different formats (Individual Lists in MS Word/Excel/HTML), for this cases is the best you have a look in the specific plugin description.

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