Navigating File Formats in PCB Elegance for Efficient Design Workflow


Could you inform me about the various file formats that are compatible with PCB Elegance for design import and export?


These files contain the geometric data of the PCB design, including outlines, pins, and polygons. The .SHP format is specific to PCB Elegance and allows for detailed specification of the board’s physical layout.

Library Files (.LIB, .SLB):

PCB Elegance uses library files to store component symbols and footprints. These files are essential for creating and editing the components used in PCB designs.

Gerber Files:

While not explicitly mentioned in the context of PCB Elegance, Gerber files are a standard in the PCB industry for sending designs to manufacturers. They contain information about copper layers, solder mask, and silkscreen.

Bill of Materials (BOM):

A BOM is crucial for PCB assembly and can be exported in various formats such as TXT, PDF, CSV, and XLSV. It lists all the components used in the PCB design.

PCB Elegance also provides features for schematic capture, board layout, and manufacturing file generation, making it a versatile tool for both novice and experienced designers. Whether you’re working on a simple project or a complex, multi-layered board, PCB Elegance’s support for these file formats ensures a smooth design process from start to finish.

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