PCB Design: How to Balance Functionality in the Context of Mechanical Constraints
Written by
Miles Monaghan

No items found.

On
January 13, 2017
In
Design

There continues to be an emphasis on data in technology products, requiring engineers to pack more and more features into smaller and smaller products. The result is deeply integrated electromechanical designs and complex assemblies. Our latest post in the Hardware Guide aims to help electrical and mechanical engineers more easily identify design issues and minimize revision cycles, to ensure that popular features can fit in new products.

As is always the case when working on teams of people with specialized backgrounds, communication is key. If you can catch conflicting design requirements while designs are still in the CAD or schematic phase, you’ll be able to come up with cheaper, easier, and less painful solutions.

This article tackles:

  • Prerequisites for mechanical and electrical designs
  • PCB outlines and keepouts
  • The layout process
  • Adding layers to the PCB
  • Daughter boards
  • Moving large components off the PCB
  • Connecting everything together
components of CHiP the Robot Dog

PCB design usually requires input from diverse stakeholders, so identifying and addressing spatial issues early in the development process can reduce the number of iterations it takes to get it right. Focus on cost and reliability during those times when everything doesn’t fit nicely onto one PCB. Read the full post on the Hardware Guide to get the inspiration you need for your PCB design.

Written by
Miles Monaghan
Fictiv Prototyping Engineer. I'm an engineer with a background in mechanical design and an interest in data. In my free time, you'll find me exploring the wilderness or experimenting in the kitchen.
Learn More →

Build Better Hardware.

Experience the power of distributed manufacturing for more efficient production with Fictiv's online platform. Get 3D printed parts in 24 hours and CNC machined parts in just 3 days.

Also Check Out

Success! Thank you for subscribing the Fictiv Blog!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form

Thank you! Please check your inbox for a confirmation!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form

Be the first to read our
exclusive interviews
PRODUCT TEARDOWNS
Expert engineering and design tips
No thanks, i'm not interested.

Thank you! Please check your inbox for your subscription confirmation.

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form