I'm a young engineer and I just started at my second job. I was surprised to see that the PCBs have no silkscreen. I'm currently working on the redesign of a PCB currently on the field and I'm trying to push for the re-introduction of silkscreen on boards. Some of the responses I get are:
- boards are cheaper without silkscreen
- since there are so many 0402 components, the silkscreen won't be readable anyways
- there are too many vias and placing of silkscreen would be very difficult
- you can view where the components are on your PC
In my opinion, those are not valid responses, but I'd like to know if there are any other companies out there that have similar "practice". Some of the products we produce go from 1000/year to 20K per year. But no silkscreen makes it more difficult to debug/test prototypes and field returns.