Ok I did something stupid and tried creating a new part by editing an existing part and ended up exactly where I always do when I edit an existing part, with an unusable part.
I found something that was SOW-20 and I needed SO-20 so I narrowed the pads a little and proceeded to change the SVG and Metadata to be a 74HCT245.
I can use the part as expected but when I export the Gerbers I have ZERO pads for this part. I have found that in the parts editor under metadata it says (flipped smd = true) and when I try and remove it it just comes back. I have tried exporting the part, unzipping it and looking in the fzp file and there is no flipped smd = true in it so I am not sure what is wrong.
As you can see Fritzing does know the pads should be there because it still avoids those areas while doing the ground fill. It does not create the pads or solder mask or paste mask layers when you export the Gerbers though.
Broken part removed. See Missing pads on SMD part for the fixed part.
Does anyone know what is going on or how to fix it?
P.S. As you can see by the dotted line and scissors this is an optional part that when installed you have to cut the traces.