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Magazine Artworks to Gerber/Copper Layer Conversion?

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Chris56000:
Hi!

Does anyone know of a reliable method of converting a printed Magazne Artwork to Gerbers or Copper Layers in tools such as EasyPC or Kicad please?

I would like to reproduce PCB ref. 970028 from the April & May 1997 issues (attached) into my "Easy PC" - I'm not bothered about the Solder Mask or Silkscreen as Easy-PC can re-do these!

If there's a reliable way of achieving this, then it opens the floodgates to trying out many interesting T & M projects that Elektor featured in the first 25 years!

Chris Williams

SiliconWizard:
Someone posted this recently (well, updated it recently): https://www.eevblog.com/forum/eda/image-to-gerber-converter/
Wouldn't it be exactly what you're looking for? (I've not tested it, so I can't tell how good it is.)

I think there were other similar tools posted every once in a while on this forum; you may want to do a little search here.

Warhawk:
There's German SW called "Sprint Layout". It works without the circuit diagram. You just place the scan in background and then you try to redraw what you see. I've used it some time ago for exactly same job. The benefit is that you get digital format and you can still do some changes if you need to.

nctnico:

--- Quote from: Chris56000 on May 10, 2021, 09:34:29 am ---Hi!

Does anyone know of a reliable method of converting a printed Magazne Artwork to Gerbers or Copper Layers in tools such as EasyPC or Kicad please?

I would like to reproduce PCB ref. 970028 from the April & May 1997 issues (attached) into my "Easy PC" - I'm not bothered about the Solder Mask or Silkscreen as Easy-PC can re-do these!

If there's a reliable way of achieving this, then it opens the floodgates to trying out many interesting T & M projects that Elektor featured in the first 25 years!

--- End quote ---
You do realise that you'll need the programmed chips for this design? Try to see if you can order these chips before going forward. It also looks like there are several obsolete chips in this design as well. I can't find the specs of this LCR meter but chances are you can buy something much better from Ebay / Aliexpress for a whole lot less money.

james_s:
I do like building vintage magazine projects but yeah that's going to be a difficult one. I just looked and there are several parts that are rather esoteric today and will probably be very hard to find, and that's in addition to finding the code for the programmable parts.

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