Just Ask Happy: Manufacturing Issues From a Designer’s Viewpoint


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Q: What do you think are the biggest PCB fabrication/assembly issues from a designer’s perspective?

A: Communication and education! Designers need to know a lot about electrical circuits and their performance, but equally important is knowing how that circuit will be manufactured. But manufacturing is usually not part of a designer’s education, so designers have to go out of their way to meet the manufacturing community and to communicate with them on issues related to their designs. IPC and SMTA make this type of training available, but a designer has to be aggressive in learning about manufacturing and all the do’s and don’ts. 

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