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3 Key PCB Board Design Checks

If you want to order PCB boards, then you need to make sure that your original board design will work. During the design and manufacturing process, you can run three checks to make sure that your boards will do the job you need them to do.

These checks are vital to the success of your project. They ensure that your design is fit for manufacture and that it will work. They also help you spot potential problems before you begin producing your boards. This could save you time and money.

What do these checks do? 

1. Software Error Checks

When you first design your PCB board and its circuits, you, or your manufacturer, will typically use specialist industry software. These packages help you create board designs and layouts. They produce a template that is used during the later stages of the manufacturing process.

A good software package will give you some guidance during the design process. This prevents you from making some basic mistakes. Some software solutions also run a final check once you have completed your design. These checks ensure that your design is error-free. If you pass this check, then you know that your board should technically work.

2. Design For Manufacture Checks

Once you have a basic design, your manufacturer is likely to run additional Design For Manufacture (DFM) checks. These checks focus on how well the design fits standard manufacturing processes.

The fact that your design has passed software checks doesn't always mean that it is correctly laid out for processing. An unseen error in your initial design might prevent your manufacturing from creating your boards to your current specifications.

So, these checks make sure that your boards will also meet manufacturing tolerances and criteria. If you pass this stage, you know that your current design can be produced successfully.

3. Engineering Checks

By the time you get to this stage, you'll know that your design is sound. You know that you can technically have your boards printed to your specifications. However, you should put your design through a final human check before you start making your boards.

Here, a trained engineer will look at your circuits to make sure that they will work. They run a final check on your design, its structure, and its components from a technical perspective. They check that your boards will do the job you intend them to do. They pick up design mistakes and omissions that other checks can't see.

To find out more about design checks and other PCB processes, contact a company like Advanced Circuits.