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To Stuff a PCB

  1. Nov 1, 2008 #1

    cepheid

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    To "Stuff" a PCB

    Hi,

    Does the phrase to "stuff" a PCB simply mean to take your blank PCB and place the components on their footprints and solder everything on, thereby completing the board? I don't want to sound like an idiot if it actually means something totally different.
     
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    Yeah, pretty much. Although sometimes it refers just to the part where you put the components in place, and not the soldering and so on.
     
  4. Nov 1, 2008 #3

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    Thanks quadraphonics. Always nice to be "down with" the lingo.
     
  5. Nov 1, 2008 #4

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    Yea as quadraphonics says. It probably goes back to before there were surface mount devices. When components were hand "stuffed" in the boards on an assembly line before going to a wave solder machine. Next the leads were clipped.
     
  6. Nov 1, 2008 #5
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    Actually, the leads are clipped before stuffing with a 'lead prep' machine if the board is to be run through a wave solder machine. If the board is to be hand dipped in a solder pot then the leads are clipped AFTER dipping. I've worked in electronic manufacturing.
     
  7. Nov 2, 2008 #6

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    Re: To "Stuff" a PCB

    Thanks dlgoff for the clarification and Averagesupernova for the first-hand insights. I think the PCB I'll be making will be sent for manufacture and then returned to be "hand-stuffed" by yours truly.

    I think that it's pretty neat how the process is automated though.
     
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