The IPC-2581 open standard is a XML-based single file format that incorporates a wide range of board fabrication data including layer stackup details, complete physical layouts, routing, component and BOM information. The open standard is maintained by the IPC-2581 Consortium.
Watch how IPC-2581 is being Used with DFM Now and FAB 3000:
|Here's a tutorial movie demonstrating DFM Now import an IPC-2581/B file and use the realistic preview feature. Secondly using FAB 3000 to import an IPC-2581/B file and output 3D STEP file used for 3D simulation to improve signal integrity.
DFM Now! (Free Viewer)
DFM Now is a Free Viewer which can load all major CAM formats including: IPC-2581, ODB++, Gerber, X2, NC, and more. DFM Now allows designers to easily visualize their CAM files, perform realistic PCB preview, and run basic DFM checks before sending out their data to fabrication. Download Now
FAB 3000 (CAM Software)
FAB 3000 is a professional CAM software package targeted for anyone who would like to have "high-end" CAM software to run advanced DRC/DFM verification, generate component centroids, create SMT Stencil pads, Panelize PCBs, and perform many other useful features. Download Now