How do you handle a PCB that didn’t print correctly?

I did have one board come back with a manufacturer error - an extra bit of copper just a hair’s width across hidden underneath a component. It looked almost like someone’s eyelash had fallen onto the board just before photo etch. How should I deal with it?

Try to use your backup PCB supplier with a good quality assurance system. Meanwhile, give feedback to these suppliers and ask for quality development.

This usually can be caught by the board manufacturer, but cheap board houses offer testing as an optional add-on.

If the errors are with the design, but not with the manufacture.

A good factory may recognize them help you fix the error by cutting and jumping, especially if the design is low speed and low current. What’s more, Good technicians are nearly magical with their ability to get tiny wires into tiny spaces!

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Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.
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Oliver Smith

Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.

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