[Discuss] CAD software: where does OSHWA stand?

Chris Church thisdroneeatspeople at gmail.com
Sun Mar 19 15:19:06 UTC 2017

Altium can export to a fully documented, open, and standardized format: IPC
2581. I'm not sure it can import from it, and smaller tools like Eagle do
not yet support it.

See: http://techdocs.altium.com/display/ADOH/IPC-2581+Support

IPC 2581 was created specifically to provide an unencumbered, open, and
standardized format to replace the closed ODB++ format commonly used in
manufacturing. It captures everything needed for a circuit board, from pcb
lay out, to assembly, netlist, and bill of materials.  When it comes to the
printed circuits side, IPC is an org who is fighting hard for
interoperability and open standards.


On Mar 19, 2017 10:04 AM, "Javier Serrano" <Javier.Serrano at cern.ch> wrote:

Thanks Phillip,

On 03/19/2017 02:35 PM, phillip torrone wrote:
> ideally oshwa(?) could work up an ideal list of things CAD makers could
do to support open-source hardware makers, this way we'd collectively have
a voice when asked "what can EAGLE/AUTODESK/ALTIUM, etc" do to support oshw
> either way, send anything my way, i'll ask on tuesday to altium.

I think Altium import/export from/to a fully documented format would be
very nice to have. It could take the shape of an import/export from/to
an existing format (like Eagle XML) or documenting their own internal
format fully. This would help a lot with inter-operability.


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