3 Tips for PCB Designers To Produce Effective Layout

Most PCB are designed with CAD or other PCB design tools that the technician is comfortable and familiar with. In reality, once the design has been completed the fabricator will manufacture the board from files or documentation generated from the design tools using their own automation tools and sophisticated Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) techniques.


  • The two processes may not be completely synchronized in their processing, resulting in boards that may not produce the desired results, or may not be easily manufactured, causing delays and increasing costs. Designers are therefore incentivized to create a design that will not only produce the desired functionality consistently, but will generate a layout that allows efficient manufacturing at the desired cost point.


  • Engineers need to understand the manufacturing process to some level in order to comprehend how fabrication methodology will react to their designs. Multi-layer boards and double-sided laminates or double-sided component placement designs can make the layout all the more critical in designing for manufacturing(DFM),


  • An effective tool available to PCB designers prior to prototype creation is DFM software. Such tools analyze the designer’s files and evaluate them for any issues or omissions related to fabrication. Combining the use of PCB design tools and DFM applications is the best solution to designing PCB of the highest quality that will be functional and cost-effective to manufacture.