The silkscreen on a PCB is the printed layer on top that often shows component values or designators along with outlines to assist in hand assembly. On mass-produced boards they are also common to highlight test points and the designation of external connections.

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Should courtyard information be included in gerber files for manufacture?

I just used 4pcb's free DFM checker and it doesn't like the fact that the courtyard line widths on my board are 1.968mils (what Altium generated in the IPC component wizard). It's also complaining ...
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How to remove silk screen from PCB?

Last batch of PBCs I got from a manufacturer had some silk screen splashes (dots) all over the board ruining the design. I don't have and don't want to have any silk screen on the board. The whole ...
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Altium place string (letter with macron)

I am looking for a way to place a macron in top of a letter on the silk screen. in Altium i have only 3 fonts to chose from default??, Sans Serif and Serif non of them supports macron for capital ...
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Altium silkscreen art

I'm trying to design a logo in silkscreen in Altium without importing an image. I find that when I import a design it is made up of a huge number of primitives making it very difficult to work with. ...
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Silkscreen covering pads

Im prepparing my 1st pcb for manufacturing, and before i generate the gerbers i wanted to ask some things here fist, What happens when i put a silk screen like this? a logo big enough to cover the ...
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Which emits most UV?

I need a UV source for screen printing. So, I found that a 50W CFL, 1000W Halogen Light and a 11W UV Tube all costs the same in my area. Which one will emit most UV? Halogen emits less UV than the ...
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Solder Masking Ink

I am trying to make a complete PCB with solder masking and silk screening, for creating a small PCB fabrication house of my own later. I choose the process of screen printing for fabricating my pcb, ...
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Altium, it is possible to mirror the silk screen?

I am trying to build a simple PCB at home. It is a single layer PCB, and I would like to transfer the silk screen on the back side, mirrored. But for that, I need to mirror text, etc. To design the ...
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Kicad: Switching front Silk for Back Silk

I'm making a circuit using kicad and I want to add the silkscreen to it. It is a 1-layer board that I created using the front copper layer (red) of Pcbnew. The problem is that now the silkscreen ...
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Typical minimum silkscreen-pad spacing

What is a typical industry figure for the minimum spacing between silkscreen and pads? When I look at a manufacturer's general list of capabilities, sometimes this number isn't even listed. I haven't ...
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Can a permanent marker be used on a PCB without damaging it?

I need to cover up a line of text on the silkscreen of some PCBs and I'm not sure of the best way to do it. I've read that removing the printed text with a chemical will likely damage the boards, so ...
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Kicad - Module refernces are being rendered, but don't show up on gerber plots

I am working on an open source design. I can view all the layers in PCBNew. The module references show up on the screen. They are visible even when I deselect Front Silk Screen (F.SilkS) in the layers ...
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Simplest device for mini operating system

I have been developing an operating system off of this video and I want to begin building a device to support this os. All it really does is print to the screen. I want to build a small device with an ...
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Why is “silkscreen” called that way?

Why is the set of white labels on a PCB called the "silkscreen"?
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Silkscreen labels for components - what could Y?? be?

Components on PCBs are usually labelled using silkscreen markings and most of the markings seem to be quite intuitive: C?? - capacitor D?? - diode FB?? - ferrite bead J?? - jumper wire L?? - ...