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.

Call us at 800.SFC.5143 or email us at support@sfcircuits.com

The Ultimate PCB Design Software Comparison Guide

September 2016

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PCB Design Software Comparison GuideOur ultimate guide to PCB design software comprehensively compares the top 5 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, PADS, OrCAD and Altium Designer.

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Electronic Interconnect Considerations - Part 2

November 2015

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Electronic Interconnects PCB

Part 2 of our series on electronic interconnects and PCB interconnects discusses component selection, circuit/application testing protocol and some common errors and solutions that arise from multiple PCBs in one application. The tips in here will help your product take the final leap from prototype to production. 

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Electronic Interconnect Design Considerations

August 2015

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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

February 2014

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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

June 2013

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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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Introduction to Flex Circuits

August 2012

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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

July 2012

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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

Beginner's Article - December 2013

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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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PCB Design & Manufacturing E-Books

By Robert Tarzwell

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Purchase and download PCB industry related e-books from one of our partners, Robert Tarzwell at DMR Ltd. His e-books cover a wide variety of industry topics including:

  • Heavy Copper PCBs
  • High Voltage PCBs
  • Rigid Flex PCBs
  • Lead Free PCBs
  • Metal Core PCBs

PCB Design & Manufacturing Books

Hobbyists: Home PCB Fabrication Tutorial

Curious about making simple PCBs at home? Our friends at Engscope have written a comprehensive tutorial on how you can make your own PCBs right at home.

Engscope's PCB Fabrication Tutorial