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u/Beagles_are_da_best · 9 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

I did learn all of this stuff from experience. Honestly, I had a little bit of a tough time right out of college because I didn't have much practical circuit design experience. I now feel like I have a very good foundation for that and it came through experience, learning from my peers, and lots of research. I have no affiliation with Henry Ott, but I treat his book like a bible . I refer to it just about every time I do a board design. Why? because it's packed with this type of practical information. Here's his book. I bought mine used as cheap as I could. At my previous job, they just had one in the library. Either way, it was good to have around.

So why should you care about electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)? A couple reasons:

  1. EMC compliance is often regulated by industry and because a product requirement. The types of tests that your product has to pass is dependent on the industry typically, but in general there are tests where bad things are injected into your board and tests where they measure how noisy your board. You have to pass both.
  2. EMC compliance, in my opinion, is very well correlated with the reliability and quality of a product. If a product is destroyed "randomly" or stops working when the microwave is on, you're not likely to have a good opinion of that product. Following guidelines like the one I did above is the path to avoiding problems like that.
  3. EMC design is usually not taught in schools and yet it is the most important part of the design (besides making it perform the required product function in the first place). It also is very hard to understand because many of the techniques for improving your design do not necessarily show up on your schematics. Often, it's about how well your layout your board, how the mechanical design for the enclosure of your board is considered, etc.

    Anyways, it's definitely worth looking at and is a huge asset if you can follow those guidelines. Be prepared to enter the workforce and see rampant disregard for EMC best practices as well as rampant EMC problems in existing products. This is common because, as I said, it's not taught and engineers often don't know what tools to use to fix it. It often leads to expensive solutions where a few extra caps and a better layout would have sufficed.

    A couple more books I personally like and use:

    Howard Johnson, High Speed Digital Design (it's from 1993, but still works well)

    Horowitz and Hill, The Art of Electronics (good for understanding just about anything, good for finding tricks and ideas to help you for problems you haven't solved before but someone probably has)

    Last thing since I'm sitting here typing anyways:

    When I first got out of college, I really didn't trust myself even when I had done extensive research on a particular part of design. I was surrounded by engineers who also didn't have the experience or knowledge to say whether I was on the right path or not. It's important to use whatever resources you have to gain experience, even if those resources are books alone. It's unlikely that you will be lucky and get a job working with the world's best EE who will teach you everything you need to know. When I moved on from my first job after college, I found out that I was on the right path on many things thanks to my research and hard work. This was in opposition to my thinking before then as my colleagues at my first job were never confident in our own ability to "do EE the right way" - as in, the way that engineers at storied, big companies like Texas Instruments and Google had done. Hope that anecdotal story pushes you to keep going and learning more!
u/rich-creamery-butter · 16 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

In my experience searching for similar things, the conclusion I reached was that to get anything better than the T962 (which is utter shit, to be clear) you need to spend several thousand dollars.

I took the plunge on building a reflow oven using this toaster and a Controleo 2, plus copious amounts of expensive tape and some ceramic blanket insulation from McMaster-Carr. Do NOT use the felt crap on Amazon that's intended for cars, the temperature ratings are horseshit and are for "radiant" heat, they won't actually stand up to 2,000deg or even 500.

It took about a week of 1-2 hours per day, but the result was well, well worth it. It's performed absolutely flawlessly the last 2 years and reflows beautifully every time. Lead-free BGAs are no problem, it's been stellar. I probably spent something like $500 on it but you can do it for less. The oven was $200, ceramic blanket roll about $40, extra reflective tape ~$100, plus other odds and ends.

One thing I did with that toaster was use thin aluminum sheet metal to make "shields" for the upper heating elements so there is no direct IR on the boards. Combined with a convection oven, this goes a long way towards ensuring even heating and no hot-spots. Much better than scorching a batch of boards you spent the entire day assembling as I've done with the T962.

The oven I got is probably overkill, it works well but due to the size the reflow cycle runs on the long side. Still within the IPC spec, however.

IMHO it's the only way to go unless you're willing to pony up for a proper commercial oven. The only thing that might be better is vapor-phase reflow which you can accomplish for relatively little (the fluid is extremely expensive however), but that method is also more labor intensive.

Keep in mind that with any oven you should profile it - really just do a test run - before putting in a batch of boards. The worst that will happen if you've done it right is that the solder might not reflow everywhere. When that happens I bump the peak temperature up by 5-10deg C and run it again, but it's better to get it the first time while the flux is still active. Profiling is simple, I take 2-3 random bare PCBs I have laying around, put a few blobs of whatever solder paste I'm using on the pads, and put them on opposite ends of the oven. Run a cycle and if it reflows you're pretty much good to go. Takes 5 minutes.

So yeah, not to pimp my oven too hard but for the situation you're in I'd say 100% build your own. Getting better results will require you spending 5-10x as much.

EDIT: Assembly pics for the curious! I threw them all in there, sorry they're out of order. That grey stuff was the "ULTRA OMG HIGH TEMP RACECAR" insulation from Amazon I used on the first attempt. Do not want. Only after I put it all in there I realized it shouldn't be in contact with a 500deg oven. Gets a little melty. I ended up getting this ceramic blanket from McMaster which is the white insulation you see later. I added it to the window after testing without because it cuts own on heat loss dramatically and makes it easier to hit the right profile. It gets everywhere though and is very itchy, similar to fiberglass insulation, so be warned. Once it's assembled then no worries.

You can also see the shields I added to the upper heating elements to eliminate direct IR.

u/toybuilder · 1 pointr/PrintedCircuitBoard

Spend $400 on a proper binocular (or even trinocular if you expect to take lots of pictures) scope with a ring LED to light your work from the top, and a proper base at the bottom.

The SM-3B series (-3T for trinocular) is great. And the more secure double-boom of the SM-4B/-4T series is even better.

I would get the 3.5x-90x combo set which includes the 0.5x and the 2x len attachment. Most of the time, I'm in the 7x-45x range, so if you just get this guy with the ring light, you'll be good to go.

The $400-$600 you spend now will last you for the rest of your life.

Similarly, spend a little more on your first good iron. I bought my Hakko 926 when I was in college. Spent $300 on the setup then. That was about 20 years ago. Still my primary iron.

u/oatmonster · 2 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

Sure, you can basically go as simple or as complex as you'd like. The most basic "synth" You could make would probably be a tone generator based on the 555 timer, something like the Atari Punk Console. Music From Outer Space is a good resource for more involved synth projects and the book Make: Analog Synthesizers is a pretty popular resource (you can find pdf versions online). Finally, r/synthDIY has some good resources too.

u/doubleplusunsigned · 2 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

It looks like aluminum PCBs have a different dielectric material between the copper layer and the aluminum, which is what gives them the superior thermal characteristics... very interesting:

Also, I was going to ask if the design has room for a heat sink? I've used thermal epoxy quite a lot for a variety of applications, and been very happy with the results in both adhesion and heat transfer capabilities.

u/just_me_bike · 1 pointr/PrintedCircuitBoard

That is what is currently being used. I don't see how this helps all that much to be honest. They have been doing this for years though.

We also handling the boards to much imo. We get them from our supplier then program them, test them, spray them then mount them. Ideally it'd be nice to find a company that could send them 100% complete to us. If you have any recommendations that would also be appreciated.

u/Mochaboys · 2 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

This was my gateway drug to the 32 ft of workbench space that now contain an oscilloscope, a reflow oven, a stereo microscope, 3 soldering and hot air rework stations, and hundreds of boxes of pinhead sized components along with dozens of sensors for different things.

I'm enjoying my trip down the rabbit hole :D

I linked that video because I used my wife's expensive tweezers to place the components because I was too excited to wait for the proper ESD safe ones later in the video.

Gratz on your boards!

u/bodement · 2 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

Thanks for the help. I will definitely check it out. The one I ended up ordering was:

It has some really good reviews so I hope it holds up.

u/janoc · 1 pointr/PrintedCircuitBoard

it would need at least detailed sharp, pics of both sides of the board and clear picture or schematics of the wiring.

OTOH, you do get what you pay for. Is $60 too much for being sure that your house doesn't burn down because of a cheaply made junker? Fixing the problems in the cheap one would likely cost more than that.

Finally, a much better solution than these chargers is to buy a normal fast charger for 4-8 AA cells. Some of those chargers will charge a pack in 60 minutes, there were even some that did it in 15 (but those needed special type of NiMh cells).

E.g. something like this:
That has both fast charging, detection of a faulty battery and trickle charge maintenance, so that the batteries are always topped up and ready to go. That is vastly more capable than the charger you have found and costs about the same.

Or this one - a bit more expensive but the charging time doesn't increase with the number of batteries inserted:

Yes, I get it that replacing batteries is a pain in the backside compared to just plunking the remote on a charger but you get much better life out of the batteries by separately charging each cell.

u/kevlarcoated · 1 pointr/PrintedCircuitBoard

The books referenced by the most presenters and PCB design conferences are
Right the first time by Lee Ritchie
Highspeed design: A handbook of Black Magic - Howard Johnson

Note that A handbook of black magic reads like a text book, it is very long and very boring.
The subject of PCB is complicated and requires an in depth understanding of the physics because just knowing the rules isn't enough convince other engineers that it's the right way to do something. More importantly, in my experience PCB design is always the least bad solution, you have to understand when you can break the rules and what the implications will be and understand if the trade off is acceptable

u/GilchristT · 1 pointr/PrintedCircuitBoard

If you're looking at crimping (and I'd also recommend it) don't waste time trying to crimp with ordinary pilers, that's a one-way road to tearing your hair out.

The vendor recommended crimping tools are typically very expensive but you can pick up generic crimpers on EBay, something like
I'm not recommending that specific seller, they're just the first one that came up in Google. Search for "PA-09 crimping tool"

u/ArtistEngineer · 6 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

> I can find a lot of online resources on 2 layers rules and gotchas, 4 layers seems less common, any good pointers?

Montrose -

Full book here:

This article talks about dedicated layers:

u/Wil_Code_For_Bitcoin · 3 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

Not entirely sure what you're looking for but I've heard a lot of praises for this book :

u/Knight_of_r_noo · 5 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

The Circuit Designer's Companion was a great resource when I was getting started. I've got the second edition and still use it from time to time. I think they're on the third edition now. ISBN 0-7506-6370-7

u/NullPoints · 1 pointr/PrintedCircuitBoard

Sorry, I figured giving you an off-the-shelf equivalent would have been easier for you. The actual cable was made using standard servo wire, the mating housing, and crimp pins.

u/josh-i · 4 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

I bought a toaster oven and the ControlLeo Kit. But I haven't modded it yet. I just put the boards in and baked with convection... after about 4-5 minutes, they are ready.

Here's the oven I purchased on amazon:
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u/dahvzombie · 1 pointr/PrintedCircuitBoard

You can mitigate a lot of problems with a drop liquid flux from a needle tip bottle. A better iron will help too.

u/_imjosh · 1 pointr/PrintedCircuitBoard

well let's see, not so good iron, not so good solder, wrong flux = no mystery there.

  1. see if genuine hakko tips will fit/work in your iron and use one instead. I like this 1.6mm screwdriver style tip that comes w/ the hakko-888

  2. buy kester or multicore 63/37 solder. they sell kester on amazon

  3. use this flux don't use no clean. flux is going to be messy but it makes soldering work.

u/PubliusPontifex · 5 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

Think you're looking for this:

Main things to keep in mind (well there are a lot), are trace-length and matching (for pairs/busses), keeping your capacitance either low, or predictable, watch your reflections (unless you're doing pci, in which case the whole damn bus is reflections).

You'll almost certainly be doing lvds or something similar (unless it's dram in which case god save you), so the key is always trace length matching and try to keep them together. You also have to watch your lower layer, hopefully you can have a decent ground plane to work with, but a broken ground plane can be a problem.

LVDS helps, but otherwise emi is a b.

All this being said imho analog is a lot harder. Digital is about knowing what not to do (and there isn't that much), analog is knowing exactly what to do because everything matters.

u/wydra91 · 3 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

There's a 50 dollar crimp tool floating around. I custom make all molex and jst harnesses on my fpv drones with it. They aren't amazing, and of you screw up you have to start over, but it works if you only need to mess with it occasionally.

Found it.

u/khufumen · 2 pointsr/PrintedCircuitBoard

Ditch the USB microscope and get a real scope. I tried the USB and it was terrible. I ordered this scope and have had no regrets.