PCB Design: How to Balance Functionality in the Context of Mechanical Constraints

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
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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.

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