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I strongly suggest you check your .fab file to see is there soldmask data in it. the soldmask data is important to ICT assessment, but Expeditionpcb or Fablink XE can't ouput soldmask data, detail see http://communities.mentor.com/message/18772#18772 .
oh...it menas we have to ask manufacture import ODB format instead of fab format?
If Fabmast import ODB instead of fab, probably need purchase additonal license model...
We are planing deploy XE flow, DFT/DFM guys don't like this changing, but it seems it could be a longterm solution.
Do you have any idea?
I strongly suggest your company adopt ODB++ as an unified assembly/manufacture data( We are in the process to adopt ODB++). Althoug Fabmaster(now EM-Test) have an option to import ODB++(a licnesed feature), but I suggest your company turns to Mentor Vplan, a full package for CAM data preparation covering everything from
DFX checking, Process Document, Pickup Data and Test data by addtional CAMCAD technology. I don't think big Simens will continue to develop further to niched Fabmaster.