For hardware startups, having prototype printed circuit boards are a crucial part of your device. Efficiency, cost, and board size, and much more are just a few considerations to keep in mind. John Teel has published what steps to consider when tackling the manufacturing and assembly of your PCB prototype. Continue reading “Steps To Your PCB Prototype (For Hardware Startups)”
A straight line is not always the shortest route between two points in electronic products: Thanks to rigid-flex PCB architecture, circuits can be folded onto themselves with 180º bends—superimposed at minimum height—thereby shrinking product dimensions. Continue reading “Rigid-Flex Cuts Assembly Costs”
You might think that most PCB designers would know how to avoid the most obvious blunders that can gum up board assembly. But you would be wrong. I can tell you from daily experience that we’re just not there yet. So allow me to propose the Ten Commandments of Design for Assembly.
Data Sheets Are Incomplete Guides
Call me a broken record, but I’ll say it again: Consult a manufacturer before beginning any complex board design, and by complex I mean at the very least, any project involving controlled impedance, unusual operating environments, high voltage, high current, or tolerances tighter than IPC Class 2. Continue reading “For a Successful PCB, Communication Is Key”
Double-check Your Orders to Avoid These Assembly Errors
Sierra Circuits builds boards precisely as our customers direct. We make sure we understand exactly what you want, and we must hold a job if we find any discrepancy between your order and the files or parts you provide. Please double-check orders to avoid the following errors that would cause delays.
Continue reading “Common Errors That Cause PCB Assembly Holds”
Why Should You Visit A PCB Shop?
Few designers ever venture to visit the shops that will or might build their boards, even when those manufacturers are practically next door. Even one hour spent watching fabrication processes firsthand could avoid stalling some future project for weeks while the design is re-spun to account for actual manufacturing tolerances.
Continue reading “Reasons to Visit a PCB Shop”
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