Intelligent Software for PCB Prototyping

Step-by-step data preparation and manufacturing


Intelligent Software for PCB Prototyping

LPKF CircuitPro: Software with intuitive operation

The LPKF circuit board plotters and protolasers are controlled by a powerful software called CircuitPro, the latest generation of powerful CAM and machine software. It imports data from design software, generates the individual processing steps, prepares it for production, and guides the user through the manufacturing process. 

How does it work?

Design rule check

The LPKF CircuitPro contains advanced algorithms for mechanical milling or laser paths for design processing. The design rule check will first verify spacing that can be processed with the available tools. 

Insulating the conductive traces

LPKF CircuitPro then generates milling lines for insulating the conductive traces and the contours for depaneling of the board – both in the technology dialog box.

The production wizard

The production wizard guides the user through the process. After the view has switched from CAM to machine view, LPKF CircuitPro prompts the user to enter the material properties and defines the position. It is then shown on the virtual working surface and allows production to start. At this point, multiple PCBs from a project can be positioned on a panel. The PCBs are all fabricated from the same base material.

Messaging

Next, during the processing of the board, the wizard prompts the user when manual intervention is necessary. These interventions can include turning over the processed board, through-hole plating, or changing a tool. 

Optimum performance

The detection of geometric structures is enhanced in the latest version. This allows the ProtoMats and ProtoLasers to accelerate the work process.