CopperCAM is an
independent version of Galaad's Percival
module for isolation engraving, drilling and cutting of printed-circuit
boards. It is not linked to Galaad and consequently does not integrates the
direct control of a CNC milling machine, but outputs either files that can be
used by external driver software, or data to be sent to the
machine. Except the automatic chaining to Galaad's machining module and the
user's licence that is given by a classical code number, the functions are
identical to Percival module :
process sequence is simple :
Limitations : variations on Gerber and Excellon formats are many and sometimes exotic. Therefore CopperCAM cannot guarantee the import of all files or the correct automatic alignment of multiple layers (the manual alignment remains always possible). The ground copper-planes that are made of hatching tracks or G36-G37 polygons are ignored since the isolation is made around active tracks and leaves the unconnected copper. The thermal pads of copper-planes or the special pads that are defined by macros or polygons may remain unread. Before purchasing, please try CopperCAM with your usual PCB-CAD software to check its good compatibility.
Limited trial without licence : as long as you do not have a CopperCAM licence, the export of files is limited to 10 drills and 5 isolation contours. This allows you to test the software in real conditions. There are no time-limits or other restrictions of functionalities. To uninstall CopperCAM, just delete its installation directory and its starting shortcuts. No changes, no additions of files are made outside this installationdirectory ; no keys are added in the registry (except for creating the shortcuts).
Warning : CopperCAM software licence is for one single person whose name is registered, otherwise it does not work. If the name of your licence (see "Help / Licence") is not yours, then your licence is not official and you are not allowed to use it. Some licences have been broadcast illegally by manufacturers or resellers of CNC machines. These licences have been invalidated and do not work (for example "Jinan Jcut CNC Equipment Co Ltd"). These manufacturers have paid for one single licence for themselves and copy it for all their customers. Do not purchase an illegal licence, it will not work. You can also imagine that pseudo-licences for CopperCAM that you can grab from Warez and similar websites have been invalidated long ago. Do not pay for nothing.
Loading of 2 circuit
layers and drills, automatic cut-out of the board
Automatic calculation of
the isolation contours to be engraved, addition of hatching surfaces
View of the final copper
Setup of the output data
format and automatic downstream chaining to software or machine
Licence by user's
identification and code number