Our phones, tablets, computers, and most of our gadgets which we use in our everyday life have something in common: they all have printed circuit boards. This product is the skeleton of all of our electronic devices and it is the made of glass reinforced epoxy laminate which comes in different shapes and sizes. At first glance, a working on a printed circuit board looks complicated, but here are some useful tips for first-timers.
1. Know your physics
When we say physics, we don’t really have to be an expert in the field; you should just know the basics in Electricity and Magnetism. Upon purchasing this item, we’ll have to start from scratch and so this knowledge is very useful when designing the layout of our printed circuit board, soldering the components and making the proper connections.
2. Find the best workplace
When working with our first printed circuit board we must find a proper workplace. The place must be well lit so we would see even the smallest detail on the board. Also, make sure that the place is not accessible to children or pets to avoid them from breaking it and getting hurt. Also, this is good so we can work peacefully.
3. Get the proper tools
Before we start working on our board, we must not forget to acquire the proper equipment and parts. Some of the basic tools and components for this are the following: soldering device, lead, resistors, capacitors and, of course, the printed circuit board itself. However, for some tools which are hard to acquire, we can also opt to improvise.
4. Safety first
We must always take precautions when handling any equipment. Wear safety goggles and gloves to avoid direct contact with chemicals, especially the ferric chloride that will be used in etching. Also, when soldering, you must avoid making direct contact with the tip because it is extremely hot.
5. Notice even the finest details
Working on circuit boards is a very delicate process because most of the components are very small. With that said, you must be careful even with the smallest details because even minor scratches or loosely soldered components can cause short circuits or malfunctioning of your device.
6. Choose the right specifications
Printed circuit boards come in a variety of shapes and sizes and you must make sure that you are ordering boards with the proper dimensions. This tip is useful especially when you order online. Whenever you make a purchase make sure you know the exact specifications for the device that you are trying to build.
7. Where to buy
There are many manufacturing companies that can provide you with the parts that you need. However, let us just make sure that we trust the right ones. It is our duty to deliver the needed part with the right specifications and do so on time. Trust only the companies that are proven in the field like the ones that have been in the industry for more than 30 years.
8. Check twice and many more times
After we’re done and satisfied with the final product, we must always check if everything is in the right place. We must recheck it with our layouts to avoid problems. Also, make sure that you use the right battery when you test the circuit board. Otherwise, it might just not work, or worse, it might fry the entire circuit board and so you will need to make another.
9. Make sure you buy a spare
For first timers, it is only natural to make mistakes. Experience will really teach us proper handling of the circuit boards. In light of this, you must always have a spare board readily available. This will also save you time because you won’t have to order and wait for it to delivered one after the other.
Follow the above tips so you could more easily get started on working on your printed circuit boards!
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