Quality Matters: 12 tips to ensure quality in your PCB Design

November 7, 2022The SnapEDA Team

At SnapEDA, we aim to provide high quality ready-to-use symbols and footprints for your electronic components. Accurate and well designed libraries for your PCBs are essential for optimal performance of your board.  A single error or the slightest offset from a badly created footprint can cause thousands of dollars in wasted prototypes, along with weeks of delays. 

Here is the round-up of the 12 tips to keep in mind while designing symbols and footprints for your PCB: 

  • Tip #1: Add a pin 1 indicator:

  • Tip #2: Keep a 0.25mm silkscreen to pad clearance:

  • Tip #3: Arrange pins based on function and electrical type:

  • Tip #4: Use standard schematic symbols:

  • Tip #5: Follow manufacturer’s recommended land pattern:

  • Tip #6: Use the exact shape for slotted holes:

  • Tip #7: Manual vs Automated models:

  • Tip #8: Use detailed connector symbols:

  • Tip #9: Add details to your schematic symbols:

  • Tip #10: Use standard pinout configurations for USB connectors:

  • Tip #11: Use segmented solder paste for thermal pads:

  • Tip #12: Add restricted areas for high signal sensitivity devices:

We hope you found these tips helpful when designing your PCB board. Make sure to follow these to ensure high quality and performance for your device. 

Happy designing!

Comments (4)

  • 3699

    Daniel Lacerda

    February 10, 2023 at 3:52 am

    Hey Daniel Lacerda here !

    That’s awesome !

    Great and important tips !

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      Faust Arenas

      February 10, 2023 at 9:12 am

      Hi Daniel,

      We’re glad you liked it.

      Please let us know if you have any questions regarding design and SnapEDA. We’re here to assist you.

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    February 16, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    Congratulations for the team!
    Best regards,

  • 3771

    ERP Software

    April 5, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    That’s very interesting and informative tips on ensuring quality standards in pcb. Thanks for the article.

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