Manufacturing Improvement

  • PCB Fabrication Techniques

    PCB Fabrication Techniques

    As a PCB designer, it can be tempting to leave the details of the manufacturing process up to the fabrication house. However a little understanding of the manufacturing process upfront can help...

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  • Everything you need to know about drilling PCB mounting holes

    Everything you need to know about drilling PCB mounting holes

    Mounting holes seem simple enough—they let you mount your PCB to an enclosure or a surface. Simply pick a screw size that makes sense for the size of your board and the surface you wish to mount...

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  • Barcodes In Manufacturing

    Barcodes In Manufacturing

    Barcode technologies also add value to manufacturing processes. The ability to tie large amounts of data to an object via a small code or chip allows for greater accuracy in the manufacturing process.

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  • Backdrilling in PCB Manufacturing

    Backdrilling in PCB Manufacturing

    Plated through holes (PTH) are great. They electrically connect two or more layers together, and serve as convenient connecting points for traces and components throughout a multilayer PCB.

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  • What Is Bare Board Testing?

    What Is Bare Board Testing?

    There’s a point in manufacturing where you’ve got a decision to make. Do you start assembling your bare PCB or electrically test its connectivity for opens and shorts?

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  • Notes on Spacing

    Notes on Spacing

    While our CAD system draws the lines and shapes as the positive elements, it is the space between that ultimately defines the circuit.

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  • Notes On Schematic Capture

    Notes On Schematic Capture

    There once was a time when it was common for the PCB Designer to also capture the schematics. I’m not trying to say that the EE’s came along and broke everything.

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  • 10 Common Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Issues and How to Solve Them

    10 Common Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Issues and How to Solve Them

    Every day is a busy day for PCB Designers; strict schedules and tight deadlines are a normal occurrence. From layout to manufacture and testing, a single holdup can cost a business untold amounts...

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  • Early Stage Design Considerations of Starting a PCB Project from Scratch

    Early Stage Design Considerations of Starting a PCB Project from Scratch

    There’s nothing quite like the smell of hot solder on a Sunday afternoon, tinkering in your basement as you bring a new electronic concept to life. PCBs are the foundation of modern electronics.

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  • Get to Know Your PCB Design Stakeholders

    Get to Know Your PCB Design Stakeholders

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  • What are the different types of solder?

    What are the different types of solder?

    Solder on a PCB can be thought of as connective tissue. It serves as the conductive glue that sticks components to substrate and brings continuity to the circuit board.

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  • Understanding DFM and Its Role in PCB Layout

    Understanding DFM and Its Role in PCB Layout

    DFM, DRC, DFF, DFA, DFwhat? All terms we hear used daily in the PCB design world regarding manufacturing analysis and often used interchangeably.

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  • DesignTrue DFM Ecosystem

    DesignTrue DFM Ecosystem

    Connect with the world's leading manufacturers to easily request and implement custom manufacturability rules

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  • DRC Browser

    DRC Browser

    Double check your DFM rules before signoff with a forced batch check of all rules for your whole design. If you do find something awry, it’s easy to locate and fix in your design.

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  • Real-Time DFF Rules

    Real-Time DFF Rules

    Check for common copper and component spacing issues that could potentially derail manufacturing and cause a respin.

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  • DFM Rules Wizard

    DFM Rules Wizard

    Easily create and assign constraints for manufacturing based on IPC standards and common PCB rules.

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  • Real-Time Design for Manufacturability

    Real-Time Design for Manufacturability

    Post-design DFM checks are too late. Even if you’re able to find a mistake, you’re going to lose hours, days, even weeks adjusting your design.

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  • Notes From the Board Room - On Dimensions

    Notes From the Board Room - On Dimensions

    The easiest method is called datum dimensioning where all you do is establish the center of the universe at some point and call it zero-zero. Extension lines...

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  • What Is PCB Panelization and Why Is It Important?

    What Is PCB Panelization and Why Is It Important?

    So you’ve just sketched up the perfect PCB design. You carefully laid out your components and traces to allow for optimal EMI/EMC and thermal considerations. You even made sure your board fits.

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  • Real World (Unexpected) Examples of a Multi-Board PCB System

    Real World (Unexpected) Examples of a Multi-Board PCB System

    What do reusable rockets, self-driving cars, and the blockchain have in common? Besides breaching major milestones in the last 3-5 years, they are all stellar examples of how advancements...

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