This article contains exact ways of using the GERBERPanelizer which worked for me and generating combined GERBER for fabrication when your project is in KiCad. Please feel free to reach out or comment if you want more details for particular steps or see any error or have better ways to do it, please reach at email@example.com
In this example we have 2 Boards of 2 Layer Board. We will generate the GERBER, Combine them, export and prep the exported GERBER for fab
Generate Files GERBER files from all boards
Generate GERBERs with the following settings
Merge using GERBERPanelizer
Start New file
Exporting merged GERBER
Make sure to save the project. This evil genius software will not let you know that file need to saved when you closing the software.
Now make sure you have a empty Output folder where we will export merged GERBERs
Now to export merged GERBER do the following
Inspect and Prep for Fab
Now open the GERBER files in a GERBER viewer available with KiCad and make sure the generated files are alright and then you are ready to place order with your favorite PCB Fabricator.
In some cases you might wanna delete the file with extension gm1 because it has individual PCB Outline and change the extension of file with GKO extension to GML, this file has combined cutting line for the final board and we are changing extension because some Fab houses websites do not recognize GKO but recognize GML
- Disappearance issue during placing and rotation happens because the origin of the GERBER might far away from the board. refer to this link while generating GERBER is the KiCad to avoid it https://hackaday.io/project/19202-small-pcbs-for-panelizing-tutorial/log/61023-gerber-export-tutorial-kicad-with-important-notes
- These steps can be followed for any EDA Tool, just to make sure equivalent options are selected during GERBER generation