01 Nov How to Improve Your PCB Design
Whatever you’re working on, you want it to function flawlessly. You must have a perfect PCB design. This isn’t always straightforward, given the complexity of today’s circuit designs. After all, today’s electronics are considerably more complex than those used only a few years ago. As a result, it’s clear why the PCB design must be more complicated. Of course, this can make designing what’s required more difficult. There are a few things you may do to improve and simplify your design.
Use the Right Software
Using high-quality software to create your PCB design is one of the finest things you can do to increase its quality. Of course, some people may be concerned that software may be prohibitively expensive or difficult to use. While this is a potential issue with some applications, it does not have to be the case.
PCB Artist is a powerful piece of software from Extron that can give you the assistance and tools you need for your PCB design, no matter how basic or complex it may be. It has more functionality than most other pieces of software on the market with equal capabilities. The software’s pricing is one of its finest advantages. It’s completely free, so you won’t have to worry about spending any money to get started. You will appreciate this benefit whether you are a hobbyist or work for a corporation.
While the software, like any other piece of software, has a learning curve, it is generally simple to use. Those with prior PCB design knowledge should have no trouble getting started with the user-friendly tools. PCB Artist allows you to build up to 28 layers on your PCB. It supports Gerber format files, design rules and checks, and a variety of additional capabilities.
In addition, the programme does not consume a lot of processing power. All you’ll need is a Pentium CPU with at least 1.8GHz. In addition, you’ll need 512MB of RAM and 1.26 GB of hard disc space. Almost any computer nowadays should be able to meet these minimal criteria. It must, however, be a Windows machine, as MAC and Linux are not yet supported.
The software can make the PCB design process go more quickly and smoothly, but it’s vital to remember that it’s only a tool. You’ll still need to grasp the fundamentals of excellent design.
Streamline Your Circuit Design
One of the most essential parts of PCB design is to keep things functional, which is typically accomplished through design simplicity. You don’t have to cram as many components onto a single board as feasible. Instead, make sure you’re designing a circuit that can execute the operations you want without being overly congested. Consider what you want the circuit to do and design accordingly. Streamline the board and grow from there, using excellent, basic design concepts.
Avoid cramming too much onto a single board. There’s a risk that something else may go wrong. There’s also the concern that if you don’t think about how it’ll be cooled, too many components can cause it to overheat.
The program can help with circuit design and provide a good depiction of how it will appear and function. Even before prototyping, you can frequently identify difficulties that may arise. You may also email the design to an engineer for evaluation. A free engineering evaluation is available from Extron. This will help you determine whether or not your PCB design will function.
Always Use a Prototype
Of course, prototyping the board should be the next step. Get a prototype even if you’ve verified it digitally and the engineering evaluation seems fine. This will assist in ensuring that it functions correctly in the actual world. You may test it out in the case you’ve created. You can check for overheating, whether it doesn’t always trigger properly, and so on. The testing will provide you with a better understanding of the board and the areas where you may need to make adjustments.
In an ideal scenario, you will discover that the prototype works flawlessly. If this is the case, you can proceed with the production process. However, if there is a problem, you should know about it right away so you can repair it and test it again before releasing your PCB design into the wild.
Use Extron for Your Manufacturing Needs
Extron is one of the country’s major PCB producers. We have decades of knowledge and can assist you with anything you require from beginning to end. We not only provide free PCB Artist software for PCB design and free engineering evaluations before you start production, but we also have high-quality manufacturing facilities. We can serve as your “one-stop-shop” for all your PCB requirements.
We provide a short turnaround time as the third-largest PCB manufacturer in Australia, so you may obtain your boards immediately after placing your order. You’ll be relieved to learn that there is no order minimum. This will make obtaining the prototypes you’ll need for testing much easier.
Extron is a manufacturer, not a broker. Our facilities handle all of the work in-house. This covers the fabrication and assembly of your printed circuit boards. We have an excellent delivery track record, have been in business for years (so you can rest certain that we won’t vanish suddenly), and aim to make the entire process as simple as possible for you. To learn more and for a quote, please contact us. We are excited to assist you with any of your PCB design requirements.