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Thursday, July 16th

Our Top 10 Most Viewed Content in 2016


In 2016, we’ve worked tirelessly (ok, that’s an exaggeration) to create educational articles for PCB design enthusiasts that provide the keys to the knowledge held by PCB manufacturers such as ourselves. Examples include “Don’t Be Surprised By Markings on a PCB“, “Circuit Board Design Tips for Hard or Soft Gold“, and, “Common Problems with Gerber Files and How to Avoid Them” – tips and best practices that all designers can benefit from. We hope you’ve enjoyed these, and are here to say that we’ve got more great content headed your way in 2017!

In the meantime, enjoy this compilation of the top 10 most viewed articles in 2016. Happy Holidays and, Happy New Year!


  1. Introduction to Drilling and Vias

An overview of drill sizes, the minimum requirements and the process.

  1. An Overview of LPI Soldermask and the PCB Manufacturing Process

Soldermask functions, types and how they are applied.

  1. What is Controlled Impedance and How Is It Measured?

A basic overview of how controlled impedance works in the circuit design.

  1. PCB Pricing Factors

There are many factors that impact the price of a circuit board.  Here are some of the most important.

  1. Acceptable Quality Level

What are minimum quality requirements?  Learn more about the guidelines in this post.

  1. Bare Printed Circuit Board Electrical Test

Testing the PCB for opens and shorts is an important part of the process.

  1. Circuit Board – Immersion Silver

What to use a silver finish on your PCB?

  1. Surface Finish Characteristics & Applications for PCBs

How surface finishes influence cost, manufacturability, quality, and reliability.

  1. Advantages of the Gerber X2 Format

Many changes have come in with the Gerber file format.  This details some of the more important ones.

  1. PCB Arrays Definition of Terms

What is an array and how do I get one?


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