Designing PCBs for Assembly

Designing pcbs for assembly is easy, right? We just squirt all the footprints onto a board layout, connect all the traces, send out the gerbers and position files, and we’re done–right? Whoa, hold the phone, there, young rogue! Just like we can hack together some working source code with variables named after our best friends, we can also…

via Designing for Fab: a Heads-Up before Designing PCBs for Professional Assembly — Hackaday

Designing PCBs for Assembly

OpenFixture Takes the Pain Out of Pogo Pins

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Hackaday reports:

OpenFixture Takes the Pain Out of Pogo Pins

[Elliot] wrote in with his OpenFixture model for OpenSCAD. It’s awesome because it takes a small problem, that nonetheless could consume an entire day, and solves it neatly. And that problem is making jigs to test assembled electrical products: a PCB test fixture.

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In the PCB design software, you simply note down the locations of the test points and feed these into the OpenSCAD model.  [Elliot] shows you exactly how to do it using KiCAD. There are a few more parameters of the model that you can tweak to match your particulars, but you should have a DXF outline for a test jig in short order. Cut that out, assemble, and test.

 

OpenFixture Takes the Pain Out of Pogo Pins