Running DXF to GDSII In Batch ModeSteve DiBartolomeo
April 8, 2002
revised June 25, 2008
DXF to GDSII can be run from the GUI or from the engine's command line. The programs consist of two parts: the GUI which gathers the relevant information and the translation engine which actually does the work.
The GUI collects information such as the file name, structure, output file, and conversion parameters and launches the engine with a command line; it also builds an ASCII configuration file for the engine to read.
This app note describes how one would bypass the GUI and launch the engine directly; either from a script, framework or another program.
DXF to GDSII Direction
To convert DXF to GDSII execute the d2g.exe engine with the correct command line options and the required resource file.
1. Scan the DXF File to Get Layer Information
This step is not mandatory -- but in most cases your user has no idea what layers are present in the DXF file It will be helpful to first display the names of those layers, allow the user to control the mapping into GDSII numbers and to select which layers to translate. The d2g.exe engine can be run in "scan" mode where it does not do any translation but instead scans the DXF file and returns a list of layers and blocks used in the file.
Scanning a DXF File
d2g.exe <dxf input file> -lscan output_file where d2g.exe the translation engine input_file is the DXF input file name. use double quotes if the path or name has spaces in it. -lscan scan the DXF file. If no output_file is specified then it will create one in the current directory using the input_file_name and suffix .lyr.
"d:\wcad\asm3500\d2g.exe" "d:\test\planar.dxf" -lscan
this would produce the ascii file planar.lyr in the current directory. If you wanted the output file to go somewhere else and have a different name you could use the command line:
"d:\wcad\asm3500\d2g.exe" "d:\test\planar.dxf" -lscan "d:\temporary files\planar.txt"
To see the contents of a lyr file click here
2. Build Up The Configuration File
The d2g engine reads an ASCII configuration file that contains layer mapping information and also translation controls. There are quite a few options, so details are available on the configuration page.
3. Run d2g.exe Engine
Note: the long command line is broken below for clarity. Do not place any CR/LF's in the command line.
"D:\wcad\Asm3500\d2g.exe" D:\test\vector_test.dxf -gds D:\junk\qckvu\vector_test_from_dxf.gds -cfg:D:\test\sample.cfg -nolink -gap:0.001000 where "D:\wcad\Asm3500\d2g.exe" the full path to the translation engine. You must double quote this if there are spaces in the paths or file names. D:\test\vector_test.dxf the input DXF file to convert. -gds D:\test\vector_test.gds the name (and path) of the output GDSII file. -cfg:"d:\test\sample.cfg" the name of the configuration file to use. The following command line options are generally used: -nolink do not link lines and arcs. or -link -gap:0.001000 if linking were on, this would be the search radius around each line or arc's endpoint.Command line Arguments
In addition to link | no link, and gap arguments there are:
-emblevel if present, de-embedding is activated and the GDSII output is organized using data types to indicate the boundary's level of embedding. or -deemb butting or -demb_cut using cutlines
Directory Path and File Names
Notice that because all files referenced include the full path name, the required files could be located anywhere on the system. Warning - it has come to our attention that if very long path directories are used and repeated that the command line interpreter may not be able to handle the total length and the engine may not run correctly.
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