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Fabricating Printed Circuit Boards by Jon Varteresian

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CHAPTER 5

Making Printed Circuit Boards

One of the first steps in making a printed circuit board is to generate an artwork for each signal layer of the board. In this book we will use a maximum of two artworks—one for the top or component side of the circuit board, and one for the bottom or solder side. Artworks used in this book are simple paper plots (1:1 or actual size) of the signal layers. The artworks generated should be positive, meaning there should be black where you desire copper to be on the finished board, and blank where you desire no copper.

There are many ways you can generate your artworks. You can use anything from artwork tape to the Windows® Paint program to simple CAD programs. Anything that you can print or copy can be used ...

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