Gerber Files: A Brief History

In the PCB design world, Gerber files are nearly ubiquitous. Though other file formats have come and gone, every tool still supports Gerber output. But how? Why? EDN’s Jessica MacNeil published this story from David Gerber’s presentation at ESC Boston in April, 2016.

The Gerber Behind the Gerber File Format

Talk about innovating! Gerber created the concept for the first PCB photoplotter during a sales call. “My dad gave the imaginary product a product number as though it really existed and said, ‘Just give me a lot of lead time and we’ll deliver it’,” said Gerber.