What is Cutouts
Cutouts is the process of partially cutting out the inside of a filled object. This process is commonly used in PCB design for both electrical and non-electrical objects. Cutouts can be created in various shapes, such as polygons, rectangles, and circles, allowing for flexibility in design. Different operations can be performed on cutouts, including changing bending angles, switching angles, pushing back corners, changing corner shapes, canceling the creation of cutouts, and exiting cutout creation mode.
During the milling phase of PCB manufacturing, cutouts are created using routing bits. These cutouts can be either plated or non-plated, depending on the specific requirements of the project. Plated cutouts are often used to connect the PCB to other PCBs or the device’s chassis. It is important to communicate the presence of cutouts to the PCB manufacturer and provide clear specifications in the Gerber Files and initial communication to ensure accurate fabrication.