Circuit Board Information

Written by Adam Blau
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If you are new to the world of electronics, the best way to get information about circuit board designs is to create a board for yourself. Whether you are a budding inventor who would like to concoct electronic gizmos or a musician who is interested in circuit bending electronic instruments, it can be remarkably helpful to learn how to navigate your way around a circuit board. As with any other topic, the best method of education about circuit boards is complete immersion in the subject.

Designing Your First Circuit Boards

Novices should start off simply with prepared electronic kits. Once you learn how electronics components like resistors, capacitors and transistors work, you can plot out basic designs on a breadboard. Breadboards are unprinted boards with rows of holes drilled across the entire surface. The holes accommodate the prongs from various components, which must then be connected with wires.

At this point, you may be ready to actually create your own circuit board. You can find raw, undrilled circuit boards, upon which you must drill holes for your components. After this, you must mask the paths and points of connectivity, so that they retain their conductive nature. Once these points are amply covered, you must submerge your board into a chemical bath, to render the remainder of the board non-conductive. The type of chemical bath will vary, depending on the type of raw board you have.

If dealing with etching, masking, drilling and handling messy chemicals seems like too much of an ordeal, you can utilize a designated circuit board manufacturing company to create your prototype board. For very simple circuits, it may be easier to create the board yourself. For complex circuits with dozens of connect points and hundreds of solder pads, though, designated circuit board manufacturers can be a remarkable help.

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