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This section will outline the various documents you can produce once you have completed your design.

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Generating CAM Documents

There are two different types of CAM documents you can export in PADS Maker Layout—ODB++ and Gerber. We strongly recommend using ODB++ for maximum ease-of-use.


The ODB++ Export option allows you to export a file in the ODB++ format. PADS Maker includes a free viewer for ODB++ files.  Others may download a free viewer for ODB++ files at

To export in this format, go to File > ODB++ Export, or click on the  ODB++ Export icon in the main toolbar.

This will open a window that will allow you to save your document. Once you press Save, a dialog box will open allowing you to select ODB++ Export preferences.

Note that ODB++ v8 is the default and ODB++ v7 is also available. Check with your PCB fabricator to determine the file type they prefer.

You may also select to export IPC-2581 

Selecting View Generated ODB++ will load the file into the ODB++ Viewer.  Please find below an image from Netduino .


To create Gerber CAM documents for your design, you can use the Autodefine button that has replaced the @camdocs command.  The @camdocs command functions as well.

You can use the Autodefine button to automatically generate CAM documents using the default settings.

Alternatively, you can use the Auto Define button in the Define CAM Documents dialog box. The Auto Define button creates a complete set of CAM document definitions for the design using predefined default settings. Once created, the individual CAM document definitions can be edited or deleted as desired.


You must save the design file before the changes made to the CAM documents become part of the design file.

Defining CAM Documents

For more control over your CAM documents, you can view and edit them by going to File > CAM. You will see a list of documents and their fabrication layers. Clicking on a document will show more information in the Summary box below. 

Adding CAM Documents

Select Add from the Define CAM Documents dialog to add the document type of your choosing.

Editing CAM Documents

You can select a document and click Edit in the Define CAM Documents dialog to modify the properties of a selected CAM document.  

Below is an example of editing the Solder Mask Top, sm001021.pho, file,

Generating Reports

You can generate design reports by going to File > Reports, selecting the name of the report(s), and clicking OKThe report is written by default to C:\MentorGraphics\PADSMaker_2.0\SDD_Home\Settings\report.rep and displayed in the default text editor. If you selected more than one report format, report.rep contains all the reports.

Types of reports

There are four types of design reports that are available by default.


The Unused report provides a listing of all unused pins for each package in a design.


The Statistics report provides a variety of statistical information in a design, including number of layers, drill locations, and routed connections.


The Limits report provides maximum numbers of the various design items, based on your program’s package limits.

Test Points Report

The Test Points Report provides a listing of all test point names including signal name, locations and layer.

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