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Topic: Labeling: Have any tricks/tips for identifying your DIY PCB's pins etc.? (Read 1 time) previous topic - next topic

dritchie0042

Greetings,
    For my project(s) I've decided to not going the manufacturing route, but I still need to find a way of labelling the pins and components. I'm not using a mask, but the board will be painted/covered. I'm not talking about hand drawing them on with markers, :D, trying to keep it quality. Although it doesn't exactly have to be Arduino quality.

One option I was thinking of, would be to outsource a sticker design that covered the whole board. Which layout had the numbers and connections exempt. So when the PCB is painted/paint marker/covered it would leave the number behind.

But I'm always open to other solutions.Care to share any tricks or tips how you did it? Or is there a local service I could inquery about doing the printing? I wouldn't even know where to start searching for such a thing. Trying to avoid services online. Maybe there exist a very tiny stamp? lol

              Thanks,

Osgeld

I print labels and trim them, some people make a giant one that covers the entire board with marking and footprints and jumpers then poke holes though it where needed

you can sort of see one of my labels on the header of my arduino in this picture

http://hackadaycom.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/pdr_0009.jpg?w=470&h=353


or the other way I mentioned

http://www.linusakesson.net/pix/data/080310-1/dsc00315.jpg


Henry_Best



One option I was thinking of, would be to outsource a sticker design that covered the whole board. Which layout had the numbers and connections exempt. So when the PCB is painted/paint marker/covered it would leave the number behind.



That would cost about the same as having your board manufactured, complete with screen print.

AJB2K3

Why not print out the board layout with all the pins labelled on it?
That way you can put the unlabelled board next to the printout and see exactly what goes where.
Sorry for the noobish post but my knowledge is 10 years out of date!

scottyjr

Since you are making your own boards I suspect you have a laser printer. A clever method I've read about is to print a mirror image of the identifying graphics and text and apply it to the etched board in the same way you'd apply the etch mask. Side note: Vinyl used in the signage industry works VERY well (image below) for PCB making. It's cheap, all of the toner gets transferred, no need to soak and rub off remaining paper. - Scotty


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