In the world of printed circuit board manufacturing, it is fairly straightforward to explain how a PCB is made. Using a bare board as an example, we can explain the different etching and lamination processes that the board went through in order to be fabricated. Then with our own assembly processes here at VSE, we can describe the component procurement, soldering, test, and QA processes that are required to build the board. But how the electronic circuitry in the board is designed in the first place takes a little more explaining.
If you are new to the world of PCB design, then phrases such as “schematic capture,” “trace routing,” and “copper pour” may be new as well. They are however all very real and important parts of the PCB design process. Since our goal here at VSE is to build the best products possible for our customers, we want to answer any questions that you might have about PCB design. Here we will break down the PCB design process into its basic steps from start to finish to give a clear picture of how this is done.