Just like every other project that you have worked on, designing a printed circuit board takes a lot of trial and error before you emerge with the perfect PCB. As a student, it is important to try out a few designs and see which will work out best for the project you are working on. Luckily, with free PCB Artist software available from Advanced Circuits you can layout your circuits and components in front of you before placing your order. In addition, the program will help you by identifying any manufacturability issues so that your order does not get held up at all. While you are designing your PCBs, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to help you be successful. First, start by placing the components that require a specific location. Next, attempt to evenly space your components vertically and horizontally and avoid placing them at angles other than 0 or 90 degrees. This will help keep your PCB clean and the components easy to access and assemble. You should also consult an expert at your assembler to ensure that the finish you choose will work with their processes.
Engineering Students Using Printed Circuit Boards for Astronauts
At Kansas State University, electrical and computer engineering professors and students are coming together to help design spacesuits that will better assist astronauts in the future. The goal is to use sensors and printed circuit boards to monitor astronautsâ€™ health and use body heat to power necessary electronics while in outer space. This will support future missions and keep astronauts healthy. In addition, the team is working to develop a specialized network that will allow for biosensors to communicate with each other and with a space station. PCBs continue to pave the way for the future of technology and our potential capabilities.