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3D Printing’s Impact in the Real World: Medicine, Food Production, and Automotive
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What Is Documentation in PCB Manufacturing?
Documenting your entire design process may seem tedious or inconvenient at times, but it ends up being a critical piece of creating a great product. PCB design is no exception.
PCB Dimensions in Manufacturing
In this post, we’ll walk you through the different dimensions and tolerances to consider for the manufacturability of your PCB design.
Gerber vs. CAD: PCB File Formats Demystified
Today’s PCBs can be quite complex, there are multiple layers of traces, vias, and components that must fit together with a high degree of precision. One small error can turn a PCB into...
Are Acid Traps Still a Problem for PCBs in 2019?
So what exactly are acid traps and are they still a problem in 2019? In this post we’ll get to the root of this old engineering heuristic.
How PCB Panelization Can Improve Your Manufacturing Process
PCB panelization is the art of organizing multiple boards on a single panel in order to manufacture more efficiently. From soldering, to component assembly, and even testing...
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Chamfering in PCB Design
Take any corner, cut it off, and you’re left with a chamfer. From your child-proof tables to the iconic walls of the Taj Mahal, humans have long used chamfers to solve corner-related problems...
The Designer’s Guide to PCB Solder Defects
During the inspection process you notice that some passive components aren’t sitting quite right. It seems as though they have pivoted up to stand at attention on one of the two pads that they should
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...
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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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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.
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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