Questions tagged [pcb-fabrication]

About the manufacturing of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards).

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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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fiducials on a panel

have a little question about fiducials: My Layouter/My Boss likes to use 3 fiducials on the panelframe and one fiducial on each individual board in the panel. My job is to build the program for the ...
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0.5mm Pitch BGA Fanout - Reasonable Vias, Drills, Traces and Clearances

I'm pretty new to layout and using Altium. I need to break out a 0.5mm pitch Spartan 6 BGA, I want to use "reasonable" vias, drills, traces, etc... but I don't really know what that means now a days....
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Strange powerplane layering issue in designspark

I'm trying to order a 6 layer PCB from a fab but they are asking me to resolve an issue with the file and I'm a bit stumped on what to do about it. The second layer of the design I have designated as ...
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How to solve via on pad without plugging?

There are some vias on pad in my design. I've read some articles and know that these vias should be plugged to avoid solder wicking. However, the board house told me that they can't provide a plugging ...
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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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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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Problem isolating vias. Solder mask offset

I detected a shortcircuit between two vias in one of our PCBs. The shortcircuit was caused because an offset on the solder mask leaves part of the via's ring "half opened". When the PCB was assembled, ...
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0.8mm PCB for a PSU circuit

I am working on a PSU that converts 230 VAC to 12Vdc (0.1 A). The board has the necessary clearance and creepage distances. Would it cause any safety issue (IEC60950) if the 0.8 mm (or 1.2 mm) thick ...
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Via in pad, What pad to via ratio requires fill and plate?

I am making a board similar to an Arduino Nano 33, with some fine pitch SMD components that effectively require via in pad to route out... I can not determine if Arduino is capping their vias, or ...
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Converting Proteus .GBR file to the more conventional Gerber extensions

I am using a panelizer program used in this video. unfortunatly upon adding the gerber files to the program the program doesnt seem to draw the body in the viewport. This lead me to believe that maybe ...
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PCB Toner Transfer Method - How to remove toner when it fails before etching?

I am trying to do a PCB toner transfer, however sometimes the transfer is imperfect and the really small traces fail so I would like to start over and reuse the board again instead of etching it. I ...
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How to determine vias and through holes from 4-layer Gerber files

I'm trying to understand the difference between the vias and plated through-holes in these reference Gerber files. On layer 3, I don't understand why there are so many holes (vias)?. Why are some ...
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How do I design a circuit with overload and shortcircuit protection for a multi-usb type c powered hub only?

I am planning on getting a number of raspberry pi 4, for now we will say room for 5. They have usb type c connectors on them, and can receive 5v at 5 amps. Therefore the total amps is 5 ports * 5a ...
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How to calculate stray capacitance on PCB

I use a 0.4mm spacing between PCB traces (including 0.4mm space between crystal pads and ground) and I believe that's causing stray capacitance. My circuit board is typical (1 ounce copper on FR4 ...
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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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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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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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Problems with PCB Trace / Signal — But Continuity Present

I've been working with a reasonably sized Chinese PCB fabricator, and we've had random problems with boards for the last few months. I'm not an expert PCB layout guy, but we aren't talking about ...
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Printing resist onto paper pcb

Is there a paper that can go into a printer to be used as a pcb? Basically what I'm looking for is a silicon sheet with a thin layer of copper on top that ink can be printed on to be used a resist. ...
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Does black anti-static FR4 PCB affect circuit performance?

I want to make a PCB using black ESD FR4 substrate, purely for aesthetic reasons. The circuit function will be analog audio. I presume this material has a small amount of conductivity in order to ...
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How to count Collective failure rate for chips?

i wonder where 0,81 from, from this lecture www.eng.auburn.edu/~agrawvd/COURSE/FULL/lec3.ppt -page 14. i try find specific area in failure rate, but it seems i can't find 0,81 from let's say Chips = C ...
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Programming a Gate Array with a 3d Printer

I'm a software engineer, and so this question probably shows my total ignorance of this field... I have been researching various options for manufacturing digital logic circuits in low volume. ASICs ...
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Cannot find ATSAMS70N21A-AN lead width and lead length?

I have trying to make a breakout board for ATSAMS70N21A-AN. I then tried to design the footprint in KiCad, so when I was looking for the dimensions on the datasheet I couldn't find the lead width or ...
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How to properly develop a PCB everytime without taking too much photoresist off

Its been a while since I made a good PCB and I can't remember what I did to make it perfect, but after reading various resources, I have determined the following as to why most of my design was ...
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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