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LPKF CircuitPro PM

Software Suite for All Circuit Board Plotters of the E-, S- and D-Series

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Each LPKF circuit board plotter includes a comprehensive software package for importing data from any PCB layout CAD package and controlling the plotter. This software is designed to be simple to use, perfectly matched to the hardware, and compatible with all standard CAD programs.

LPKF CircuitPro will import all data exchange formats, offers extensive editing options and controls the circuit board plotters. In addition the software produces stencils for solder resist masks and assembly prints. LPKF CircuitPro Lite is a simpler version of LPKF CircuitPro for entry level LPKF circuit board plotters.

Powerful yet user friendly: LPKF CircuitPro

Powerful yet user friendly: these two attributes were at the top of the list of requirements for developing the new LPKF CircuitPro system software. Even less experienced users can fabricate complex circuit board prototypes with the well-thought-out user interaction and helpful wizards. The sophisticated functions for calculating control commands are hidden behind a simple control concept.

The software processes precisely the data required by circuit board manufacturers. CircuitPro automatically imports aperture tables and tool lists, Gerber and NC data. The wizard controls LPKF CircuitPro according to the data entered and suggests the most efficient production method. For example galvanized through plating requires the structuring process to be carried out after the PCB has been galvanized – which the wizard considers.

Once jobs have been defined they can be saved and quickly be opened again for additional production runs. A 30 day trial version of the LPKF CircuitPro software is available upon request.

Import formats Gerber Standard (RS-274-D), Extended Gerber (RS-274-X), Excellon NC Drill (Version 1 and 2), Sieb & Meier NC Drill, HP-GL™, DPF, Auto-CAD™ DXF, ODB ++R
Supported shapes Circle, square, rectangle (also rounded or angled), octagon, oval, step, special (arbitrary definable)
Export formats LMD
Editing functions Original modification, relocating, duplicating, rotating, mirroring, erasing, extending/severing lines, line/ path extension/shortening, line path/segment parallel shifting, line path/object polygon conversion (Fill), curve linking/closing
Special functions Routing path generator with breakout tabs, joining/ separating objects, step & repeat (multiple PCB), polygon cut-out, ground plane generation with defined clearance
Display functions Zoom window (freely definable), zoom in/out, overview, redraw, individual layers selectable/visible, panning (keyboard), layer in solid/outline/center line display, 16 pre-set colors (up to 16 million freely available), different colors for tracks and pads of the same layer, different colors for insulation tools
Marker functions Single element, total layer, all layers, pad groups, selection and limiting to specific layers possible for lines/ polygons/ circles/ rectangles/ pads/holes (multiple choice and restriction to specific layers possible)
Graphic functions Lines (open/closed), circle, polygon, rectangle, pad, hole, text (TTF, TTC)
Control functions Measuring, design rule check
Insulation methods Single, insulation method, additional multiple insulation of pads, removal of residual copper spikes (spike option), milling out of large insulation areas (rub-out), concentric or in serpentines maintaining minimum insulation spaces, inverse insulation
Insulation tools all
Languages English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese
Hard-/software requirements Microsoft® Windows® 7 or higher, 1,2 GHz Processor or better min. 512 MB RAM, screen resolution. min. XGA
Supplied with LPKF ProtoMat E34, E44, S43, S63, S103, D104
Technical specifications subject to change.

CircuitPro guides you through the board production process: