Gerber PCB Layout Guidelines

Gerber PCB Layout Guidelines This checklist is a tool to help ensure that you have the correct Gerber PCB layout guidelines before submitting your PCB design files. Note: ValueProto and PCBExpress®  order files are run 'as-sent' with limited design review. I will be submitting my design as: A Native...

Explanations of the PCB123 DRC Violation Types

PCB123 DRC Violation Types All DRC categories reported by the Design Rule Checker in PCB123 are listed here, with either an explanation of what causes the error, or a description of how to resolve the error. At this writing, such information is not included in the...

Reference Designator Best Practices

Dropping the reference designators on your quick-and-dirty design might seem like a good place to save time, but most veteran designers can tell you multiple horror stories trying to figure out a board design later. Matching reference designators on the schematic to the board layout...

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How To Identify Components

This video, hosted on youtube, is a Simple Guide to Electronic Components. There's no getting around it, this video is LONG - 38 minutes. But it's packed full of information on how to decode the markings and packaging codes for common electronic components. Sure, you can...

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The Basics of Breadboarding

MKme Lab, over on Youtube, periodically produces how-to for beginners videos, such as this one on the basics of breadboarding. I highly recommend their how-to videos as an introduction. How To Use a Breadboard Breadboards are a terrific and interactive way to exercise components before committing them...