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San Francisco Circuits PCB School

The purpose of the PCB school is to help educate engineers, technicians and buyers on printed circuit boards.

Our team of experts in the PCB industries have been proudly educating other printed circuit professionals since 2005. With this section, we hope to provide the opportunity to gain a comprehensive grasp of concepts in a shorter period of time, to remain up to date in the field, and/or to acquire the technical knowledge to begin or advance their skills.

We offer access to knowledge to everyone who needs them and wants to learn the technologies available in PCB design, PCB fabrication and PCB assembly.

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The Importance of PCB Trace Widths in PCB Design

There are several factors that drive trace width, length, and style during the PCB design process of your next PCB prototype. This article will dive into a variety of applications that demand specific trace layout characteristics and how or when to incorporate them into your PCB design.

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Pogo-Pin Based Interface for Saving Space

How do you save space in a PCB design? Pogo-Pin interfaces allow you to remove unnecessary space and save money in your PCB designs. The basic benefit of Pogo-Pins allow you to convert bulky header-based connections to smaller, zero-profile connections that free up board space and reduce cost. A variety of individual pogo pins exist today as an off-the-shelf solution for both cable or Printed Circuit Board (PCB) integrations. Learn more tips in this article.

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Bluetooth PCBs

Incorporating Bluetooth technology into a PCB design requires various considerations. Check out some Bluetooth circuit design tips here.

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PCB Design Software Comparison GuideOur ultimate guide to PCB design software comprehensively compares the top 6 PCB CAD programs available and includes a step-by-step tutorial of the top 3 final programs. This 6,000+ word guide compares DipTrace, EagleCAD, KiCAD, PADS, OrCAD and Altium Designer.

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Electronic Interconnect Design Considerations

A multiple board PCB attached through electronic interconnects will pose a difficult, complex challenge for your engineers in layout. You can make working with electronic interconnects and multi-board assemblies easier! Find design considerations and principles in this article.

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High Heat Circuits

Heat-generation has always been a factor in PCB performance with demands of today’s high power-density designs frequently overwhelming traditional PCB heat-management practices. This article will discuss some design methods and PCB technologies used to help the designer deal with high-temperature applications.

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How to Clean PCBs

Cleaning a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) to service a high-use product is as delicate a process as is making the board. Explore the options to cleaning PCBs here, ranging from dry cleaners like brushes, compressed air and vacuum cleaners to wet cleaners including demineralized water and isopropyl alcohol. We also include a special section on Ultrasonic PCB cleaning with a warning from NASA on the use of ultrasonic cleaning.

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intro to flex circuits

This PDF gives a detailed introduction to flexible circuitry's uses, materials, characteristics and more.

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PCB manufacturing equipment

In this issue, we look at all the equipment needed to manufacture PCBs including equipment for:

  • Electrical testing
  • AOI
  • Tooling
  • Lamination pressing
  • Pre-preg storage
  • Dry film
  • Imaging
  • Etching
  • Drilling
  • Routing
  • Plating
  • Soldermask
  • Assembly
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High Precision PCB Drilling | PCB School

This beginner's article on high precision PCB drilling discusses the ongoing miniaturizations of electronics and the increased demand for high-density vias and through holes for interconnects. High precision drilling through mechanical and laser drilling produce these high density boards.

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