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Im using Designspark 8.1 and i have just gotten a CNC machine to mill clad board to make single and double sided circuits. i have been using Designspark for the last 3 years and ususally outsource to a PCB manufacturer for my projects however the reason for the CNC is to get very quick turn around on the circuits i am prototyping. i would like to know if it is possible to make an array that i am able to output from designspark that i can send through my CNC processing software for quick milling of the array as opposed to resending the Gcode 4-6 times and having to recalibrate each time to get my array.

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April 17, 2018 15:38

You can also take a look at this thread in the community support forum for more tips on panelising PCBs, whether for milling in-house, or sending off for production: https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115007747273-V-routing-grroves

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April 17, 2018 08:22

Although DSPCB does not support panelisation you can copy and paste PCB's to build up an array. The disadvantage is the component references on each copy will be incremented, but I do not see this as an issue for milling purposes as you will not require the silkscreen. See attached image as an example.
You may have to edit the PCB board outlines to just one to get the required file, but it may work. Post in the DSPCB community so we know the outcome.
https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/topics

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