Chapter 10

Artwork development and board fabrication

Abstract

Developing artwork for the board design was briefly introduced in one of the chapters. Here we look at this step in greater detail. To illustrate the process, we will create and route a new simple PCB project, place mounting holes and assembly fiducials. Then we will setup the artwork (Gerber) and NC drill files. We will see how the PCB Editor auto-silkscreen tool is working, to prepare the high quality silkscreen photoplot data. We will generate Gerber, Drill and Mill manufacturing files, as well as an assembly Pick & Place program.

Keywords

PCB; DRC; solderpaste; silk screen; fiducials; NC drill; Gerber; RS274X; ODB++

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