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Questions tagged [pcb-fabrication]

About the manufacturing of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards).

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Vias not connected to ground plane

I recently designed my first 2 PCBs. Both have a 5v copper plane on the top layer and a ground plane on the bottom layer. I use short traces and vias to connect top components to the ground plane. ...
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How to extend a PCB on one side

I used to connect PCBs above/below each other but this time I need to place them side by side. The PCBs are rectangular (same size) and they use I2C. Of course, I can just connect through-hole pads ...
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Can Silkscreen Go Directly Onto Copper PCB Layer? (No SolderMask)

Hi I am wondering if a PCB silkscreen layer can be printed directly onto a copper layer without a solder mask. I don't see this often but I have a design for which this would be useful. Has anyone ...
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In PCB DFM process; manufacturer have highlighted Gullwing Issue. What is Gullwing?

In PCB DFM process; manufacturer have highlighted Gullwing issue saying "Gullwing is not optimal robust SMT process. What is "Gullwing"?
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In PCB DFM analysis; manufacturer highlighted TOEPRINT ISSUE. What is component TOEPRINT?

PCB manufacturer have highlighted component TOEPRINT issue. Issue Statement: "Component is too close to another component TOEPRINT." What is mean by TOEPRINT?
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Equivalent Characteristic Impedance for Different Trace Widths

Suppose I have a PCB trace that needs to be impedance matched, but the trace width changes as it travels from its source to its destination. Something like this: The 5mil trace would have a certain ...
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Reversed silk screening on EasyEDA

Just a quick one. I'm not sure if the text should be mirrored on the bottom layer of EasyEDA. It seems okay in the 3D preview, but when I upload the gerber to JLC their preview shows it still reversed....
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EAGLE GERBER files nit opening in CAM 350

I have chinese factory that I need to assemble PCB. They cannot open eagle gerber files, only altium how to fix
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Is it feasible to remove non-functional via pads on outer layers

During PCB design & manufacture it is common to remove the via annular rings on internal layers where the via is not connected to anything, so called non-functional pad removal. Would it be ...
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PCB plated through hole short-circuit

We have a board built in the thousands, and several have (apparently) short-circuited a plated through hole (PTH) to an adjacent pour (see photo, note the other thermal damage is probably due to ...
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What part type is denoted by SKx? [closed]

I’m fairly well versed in component labels like C1, R12, U72, etc but while taking apart a small external hard drive I found a component which looks to be made of ceramic labelled SK1. Now, crystals ...
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Accidentally Pasted Beyond Origin in Altium

I'm new in Altium and I accidentally pasted some pads and components(the ones at the bottom corner) from another pcb file but I wasn't aware of it at first because it didn't show on the sheet on the ...
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drill issue with 3pdt fritzing component

I am using Fritzing software for drawing a PCB I'm almost done but there is no official 3pdt footswitch, only few from community but there is a bug with the one i want to use ( S2, downloadable here ...
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SMDs on bottom side of board with THT components?

I'm designing a PCB for factory production and I'm not sure if placing SMD components on the bottom side of the board, which also contains THT components (pin headers and buttons, they're all on the ...
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When are fiducials needed?

On a single-layer board with no through-hole and no machine placed components, is there any need for fiducials (for example to route the board outline)? Board house has asked for permission to add ...
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What PCB Plating do I need to use Exposed Copper Pads with Pogo Pins?

I am designing a PCB that will have some Mill-Max pogo pins make direct contact with exposed copper pads on the PCB. This will have many connects and disconnects, think hundreds to thousands. I know ...
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How long can a brand new PCB last before additional protective coating is required if any?

I have just made several PCBs for a large project using the photoresist method. (I ran the boards through sodium silicate developer then through ferric choride) I then rinsed off all chemicals and ...
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PCB inside a parallel port cable case

I designed a PCB to fit inside the case of a parallel port connector cable. It will be soldered, internally, to the pins of the cable connector. I already did a first version, I printed it on paper in ...
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Is it possible to find out current consumption of circuit design before giving it for manufacturing?

I want to measure the current consumption of my PCB design before giving it to PCB manufacturing. Is it possible..? If yes than what are the tools..?
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PCB key contact [closed]

Hi! anyone knows how to design a pcb like this in the photo with eagle? Someone has a guide to do it? I don't know how the resistor should be placed. It is basically a pcb for a synth, the key ...
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Best way to flatten PCB again after cutting with utility knife

I cut my presensitized PCBs down to size with rulers and a utility knife when I need a custom PCB. I noticed every time I cut one, the cut is always clean, but the copper on the board at the same ...
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Can I place an electrolytic capacitor close to a solder point on a two sided pcb?

I’m designing a pcb, which is going to be installed inside a metal chassis. To minimize space I will make it a two sided pcb. (See pictures) Because there will be parts mounted on the top face of the ...
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Photoresist PCB - Traces always gets washed away with developer

I have a positive acting presensitized UV-curable PCB board (link). I'm using the manufacturer-provided developer. Supposedly, the parts that get exposed will get washed away by the developer. ...
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Through hole components on a PCB

When prototyping diy PCBs, we would run a small wire from the underside of the board to the top and solder on both sides, wherever there was connection on both sides of a THT component, so there was ...
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Manufacturing PCBs for DDR3 memory

I'm currently designing a 4-layer PCB for a SOC (Allwinner A33 to be precise, 0.8mm-pitch BGA) with one DDR3 chip. Per DDR3 routing requirements, the traces need to have 50-ohm impedance. Also, they ...
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cause of photoresist removal after etching

I just tried to do a new PCB today with the photoresist method but what is very strange is that after etching it, I rinsed the board with water and wiped it dry, but as I wiped it dry with toilet ...
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Bubble etching versus rocker tank

I make my own PCBs and etch them in a homemade bubble tank. The tank has failed after a couple of years largely due to the etchant slowly eating it's way through some of the materials (glues, pipes, ...
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how does multilayer PCB Press/lamination machine work or bond the layers?

I just know the components involved in this process of bonding layers: Vacuum hot press to remove air bubbles, Piston Press to apply pressure and some temperature device to create the temperature. i ...
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Curly PCB lines [duplicate]

I was checking out this Raspberry Pi 3B when I turned it over and found that there are these curls made out of the printed material near the microcontroller. Why have these been made?
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My PCBs etch all bad! (sodium persulfate)

I've recently started having problems with etching my PCBs. I use a permanent marker to do the traces and etch them in a stainless steel cup, heated with a tea light (small candle.) The PCBs come ...
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Solder paste pattern

I recently downloaded a component's footprint and it comes with a peculiar solder paste pattern (see picture attached - solder paste is in gray). Until now I have just defined the solder paste to be ...
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Adding USB Tracks Directly on PCB with gold finish and contact lifetime

We are making a USB device but with the USB tracks on the PCB itself, something like this - My concern is regarding the life of such a product. How can I make it last as long as it would if I were ...
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Why would the capacitance of a co-planar pcb capacitor not match changes in nearby dielectric constant?

Background I have a piece of double sided PCB that I am plan to use a capacitor to measure soil moisture (somewhere between 133-170MHz). I used the "two-pin method" of measuring small capacitance on ...
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Should I cool off in water the desoldered components?

I use a REGULAR (for home-use, not for electronics) hot air gun to desolder non-SMD components from PCBs. The components are really hot (naturally) after desoldering and it takes a while until they ...
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Plated PCB Hole Shorting Power to GND?

I’ve been soldering components to my PCB; all has been good, but recently, after soldering a big electrolytic through hole cap, the power and gnd plane were shorted. This persisted even after removing ...
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Can we route using plated through hole in a Multilayer PCB?

Hi I'm designing a 4 Layer PCB for my project this is my first time using a ML4 Board. Layer Configuation are as follows. -L1 [red] -L2 (GND)[purple] -L3 [light blue] -L4 [dark blue] My question is I ...
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What did the manufacturer mean by asking if an angle should be made for the fingers?

I sent in Gerber files designed by someone else to PCBWay. It's a cartridge for a Commodore 64. They responded today with this question, and I'm not 100% sure what they are asking. Ref attached ...
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Can I clean PCB using Petrol?

I was advised to clean PCB using petrol if alcohol is not available. I have tested doing it. Petrol and isopropile alcohol both works good on PCBs. I have also tried with asitone but it makes white ...
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PCB Fabrication and Circuit Designing [closed]

What are the best resources and options available to initiate learning and practicing circuit designing and PCB fabrication? Any particular website, books or other such recommendable resources?
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In a 4-layer PCB, operating at a 8-16 MHz clock speed, should there be any copper pour on the top and bottom signal layers?

Currently I am designing a 4-layer PCB, with the layers as follows: (1st layer, top) signal (2nd layer) ground (3rd layer) power (4th layer, bottom) signal The clock frequency is either 8 MHz (...
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MT03-004 EDA Library

Currently working on my Honours project, we're designing a wide area sun sensor for an attitude control system of a picosatellite platform. We've elected to implement a COtS quad-photodiode package, ...
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1oz copper ok for card edge connector in prototype?

I'm doing a small prototype system and would like to fab boards at one of the inexpensive Chinese places like: https://www.elecrow.com/pcb-manufacturing.html I'm going to bus the boards using ribbon-...
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Have I placed too much on this PCB layout?

I am doing my first PCB layout (using Altium) and have finally gotten past the auto-router stage. The result is a mess and there are some missing nets and design rule violations. Have I packed too ...
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How should I connect my PCBs? [closed]

I will need to connect several PCBs within a single enclosure for the project I am working on (They are split to reduce cost should there be a manufacturing error). I need to connect an I2C Bus, 5V , ...
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PCB traces: oz to mil (thickness) conversion (for stripline)

According to http://referencedesigner.com/cal/cal_02.php, the conversion between "oz" and "mil" (thickness) for a PCB trace is 1.37. Also, according to zcalc.exe (...
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Unable to identify minimum trace spacing from Gerber file

I designed different PCBs using KiCAD, exported gerber and drill files and uploaded those to JLCPCB. However, I get the following warning: Can not identify the minimum trace spacing As far as I ...
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PCB base copper weight vs plating thickness

I am using Saturn PCB Design to help get the trace geometries to implement PCB differential characteristic impedances. I have some dimensions from the board house: But I am confused on how to input ...
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Oculus development Kit 2 headset design, main PCB cutout

I've been reviewing the Oculus development Kit 2 headset design. Files here There is a cutout in the PCB that confuses me. It's 1mm wide and there isn't any notch or anything on the assembly to fit ...
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How can I align the PCB and the polygon?

As you can probably tell, I'm new to PCB design and recently did a design of a DIY circuit. Everything looks acceptable (to me), however for some reason I cannot align the PCB edges to the polygon ...
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Custom PCB for temperature measurement [closed]

I have very little knowledge of PCBs and electronics, so bear with me. I have a requirement where I have to read the temperature of an object. The thermocouple part has been figured out and ...