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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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?? - ...