Excellent designs and prototypes lead to the best boards
Whether you are using boards in a small personal project or need to use them in a product that is released to the public, you naturally want to make sure you have high quality boards. Today's boards are better than ever. The technology used to create them is at a higher level, from the prototyping stage to final manufacturing. It all starts with design. Fortunately, today the tools, including software, for creating great designs have gotten better.
Using software to design circuit boards
Modern software has helped simplify the design of printed circuit boards. It has reduced the time required, not to mention the number of errors that need to be fixed. Software, such as Advanced Circuits' PCB Artist, will make it easy to create the circuit boards you need. The software allows you to create the board virtually. You can add and remove components as needed, and test them in the software to better understand their operating conditions.
For designers, this is a great benefit. It allows the creation of a range of interesting new designs much faster than using a breadboard. Even before moving on to prototyping, it is possible to find problems and errors on the board. This has the potential to save time and money, which can be helpful to anyone, whether as a hobbyist or creating boards for the latest and greatest electronics.
If you want to make the best design for your board, then our PCB Artist software is the ideal solution. Better yet, you don't have to pay anything for the software. For those who need to use it, it is free. You can use it to create files for your boards and then send them to us for fabrication. We even review the files to make sure they are ready for manufacturing. This further reduces the potential for errors.
The software we provide is intuitive and easy to use. If you have any experience in assembling circuits, even minimal experience, you will not encounter any difficulties.
Always use good design protocols
When some designers create boards, they find the problems crowded. Today's circuit boards have the potential to do a lot of things. However, there is often a temptation, especially for new designers, to place too many components on the PCB. While making the best use of space may seem like a good idea, too many components can become a problem. Often, these problems will arise during the test phase. Therefore, you want to make sure that you do a lot of testing.
A better option is to think more simply. Consider what the board needs to do and make sure it can be done with as few components as possible. This may mean that additional boards are needed, or even that the device needs to be redesigned. However, finding the simplest design is usually the best option. It can reduce future problems.
Also, consider how the components will be mounted on the board and the angle of your alignment. A good practice is to use a 45 degree tracking angle. This can help reduce situations where you may overcrowd the board.
One of the main problems that can result from an overcrowded circuit board is overheating. If the board has too many components trying to do too many things, it is likely to overheat. Even though the device may already be equipped with a fan, it may still overheat. The best approach is to use the correct design principles and protocols first, rather than trying to add more fans to keep the board cool.
Check your prototype
Once you believe you have a great design, you will want to order a prototype. You should test that prototype (or several) under realistic conditions using equipment. Find out how they work in practice, not just in theory. This will give you the opportunity to see if no problems have been found in the design process. It is a good idea to be aware of overheating problems with your prototype before ordering 5,000 units from the manufacturer.
If problems are found, go back to the drawing board and make some changes. However, do not rush into success and assume that these are all you need. The best approach is to proceed with caution and then perform another round of prototype testing. Test it again and make it go through all the steps to make sure it works no matter what you go through.
Choose a high-quality manufacturer
Ideally, you will choose a good company to build your prototype and also to build all the boards you need. This is a better solution than trying to find two different companies. Fortunately, Advanced Circuits can provide you with what you need. You will be able to use free software and take advantage of engineering reviews. You can order some prototypes and see how they work, and then you can place a major order.
You will be happy to know that we offer some of the best and fastest services in the field. You can usually expect to receive your order within a few days of placing it. We strive to make it as easy as possible for you to get high quality boards quickly and easily at an affordable price. No matter how big your order is, we work hard to make sure you get the best service possible. To emphasize this point, we do not have a minimum order quantity requirement. Order as needed. Please contact us for more information.