Today, it’s hard to imagine a GPS that doesn’t list landmarks, street names, or even exit numbers. Every bit of visual information we can get from map symbols and text makes navigating easier and faster. The same is true for a PCB, yet we often overlook a great opportunity to provide a wealth of information about our PCB’s design on the silkscreen. The information we can, and should, supply on PCB silkscreens should go beyond component outlines, reference designators, and pin 1 indicators. In this paper I’ll describe and display some of the enhancements you can make to your PCB designs’ silkscreens that can add value at both the bare board and assembly levels and from the test bench to the installation.
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