Do you know what a printed circuit board is? Printed circuit boards or PCBs hold and support electronic components like diodes, transistors, etc. They are mostly found in electronic devices like televisions, printers, and computers. PCBs are very important in the industry of consumer electrics but they could also be a source of aesthetical pleasure if you look at them closely.
What make these circuit boards intriguing and fun to look at are their intricate andunique designs. These circuit boards have lines, circles, and other attachments to them that make each one look like a work of art. Their designs sometimes look like a carefully built futuristic labyrinth. With various lines intersecting and different shapes scattered across the board, it is easy to be mesmerized by the fine and well-thought-out design possessed by these boards. Other electronic components serve as their accessories and add to the aesthetic of the printed circuit board.
Looking at a printed circuit boards, with all its tiny components that are interconnected to each other by thin strips of lines, one could say that the PCB is both marvelous and at the same time a frightening piece of art. It’s considered marvelous because of how well- arranged the elements in the board are and frightening because it contains many delicate devices that make an electronic device work.
While the colors of the boards are generally green because it is the widely used color in solder mask, it is possible to find other colors of PCBs. The choice of color is also vital in the design process of these boards since the solder mask acts as the topmost layer of the board and it is important that the labels (which are usually composed of numbers, letters, and other symbols) are legible in order to for humans to understand the PCBs.
The lines in the PCBs act as the conductor of electricity and allow it to travel and go to the different components placed around the board. Simply put, the lines act like roads to the electric current and allow them to reach their destination. On the other hand, the electric current can be likened to a delivery truck full of goods while the electronic devices and components placed in the board are the delivery points or “warehouses” where the goods need to be delivered to.
A good printed circuit board design not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of the PCBs but also ensures that it is operational and safe to use. Preparing the plan for the layout as well as the schematics of the PCBs must be thoroughly reviewed for safety. Important details like electronic device specifications and labels should also be properly indicated in the plans and layout.
Designs for PCBs traditionally involve manual labor but nowadays, they are usually made by computers that are programmed to automatically generate templates and layouts for the printed circuit board makers to follow. Modern advancements in technology and the continuous development of software have helped many electrical engineers in designing and lay outing of PCBs. This software reduces the possibility of creating design errors in the boards which can result in operational mistakes. Still it is important to remember that one must not rely too much on computer-aided design software and that there are still design rules to follow in designing printed circuit boards.
When the plans for the printed circuit boards’ design are in place, their creation can take place and with that, another electronic device is sure to work properly. Functional and operational printed circuit boards are like bustling communities that are wonderful to examine and look at.