What are Manufacturing Files?

Everything the manufacturer needs to know in order to make your electrical product.

Manufacturing files are my deliverables.   Here is a list of everything you'll need:

Other files you may receive from CDS:

3D STEP File or IDF file

Though not necessary for production, CDS can provide a 3D object file in STEP format or IDF format of the entire PCB.   This can be helpful for your team to do 3D collision testing in software such as Solidworks.   It's also helpful for completing the 3D model for your overall product.

3D color images

The manufacturer doesn't need the image files for production, but it will always allow them to see the end product to help them ensure parts are placed correctly.

These can be especially helpful when components such as connectors can be placed on the board in more than 1 way.