How To Placing Components-prototype Circuit Board
- Sep 07, 2018 -
There are three major types of prototype PCBs, single-sided, double-sided, and multi-layered. Each type of board has different rules for each of their components, but as a rule of thumb it is always a good idea to place parts on the top side of the board. It is important to place all components in their specific locations, including switch connectors, LED, mounting holes, or heat sinks.
The goal is to minimize trace lengths between components to make sure the prototype printed circuit boards do not short circuit. Simply put parts that connect to each other next to one another, and it will be easier to lay the traces down the road.
ICs should only be placed on the board in one position, either up and down or left to right. Doing more than this can cause confusion in the board’s circuitry. You will also save a lot of time if you leave plenty of room between these components, as the tracing lines must go between them.
When you are done properly placing all of the components, print a copy of the layout and place it over the prototype circuit board. This way you can check to make sure there is enough space for each component without them touching each other, and then you can complete the soldering process.