Podcast Ep.19: PCB Depaneling
PCB Depaneling is the process of breaking the individual PCBs out of the panel that is used to assemble the boards and is typically one of the very last steps assembled circuit boards go through before they are shipped.
Even though we talk a lot about PCB assembly on this show, one aspect of the process still remains a bit of a mystery to Chris and Melissa - the ins and out of the PCB fabrication process. On this episode are joined by Dave Wilcox, a CAM engineer at CircuitHub who has been working with PCBs for 32 years. Dave gives us a 10,000 ft level overview of the PCB fab process, using a simple, standard 1.6mm thick, 2-layer board as an example. He breaks it down into all the steps that have to take place in order to have a finished circuit board that is ready to be assembled:
As always if you have any questions for us (or Dave), you can email us at email@example.com or tweet us @CircuitHub or @WAssembly.