SMT ASSEMBLEY FROM JLCPCB | ALTIUM DESIGNER AND EasyEDA

SMT ASSEMBLEY FROM JLCPCB | ALTIUM DESIGNER AND EasyEDA

WHAT DOES PCB STANDS FOR?

PCB stands for “Printed Circuit Board”. A PCB is made up of a laminated material or some fiberglass. For both laptops and desktops, PCBs are used. The conductive path is printed on the board where we can connect different components on the PCB like resistance, transistors, etc. PCBs are mostly used in many devices like radios, cell phones, digital cameras, and many other electronic devices.

SMD COMPONENTS:-

SMDs are Surface Mount Devices that are especially made for mounting SMT PCBs i.e., for Surface Mount Technologies. SMD components come in various sizes as well as these components needs less space . The bigger sizes like 0805 and 0603 can be soldered easily using a thin tip soldering iron. Here we provide another video which describe how can we Solder SMD Devices on a PCB and also the SMD Soldering Techniques https://youtu.be/OpCdURINP6Q .

SMDs works on PCB as the are made for functioning the circuitry. The problem comes right here when we try to solder the smaller components like 0402 size, we cannot do that using our bare hands here we need assembly machines that can solder our components easily. Those machines are really expensive. So, companies provide services to customers for PCB assembly. We send them our design files, PCBs and components then they assemble those PCBs for us. The best part is that some companies assemble the SMD components and provide the components. This means we just have to pay for the components and the assembly.

JLCPCB went a step further they manufacture the PCB, providing components (SMD as well as THT), and assembling them also. So, we will provide them with the Design files and we will get a fully assembled PCB at our doorsteps. To Get Free SMT Coupons →https://jlcpcb.com/IYB.

In this video we will learn how to design a PCB that can be assembled easily using a PCB assembling service then we will go to Jlcpcb.com to order our PCB with SMT assembly.

THIS TUTORIAL WILL FOCUS ON THREE MAJOR PARTS WHICH ARE:

  • Selecting components for PCB
  • Getting the files ready
  • Ordering PCB with SMT assembly service

STEP 1: SELECTING COMPONENTS FOR PCB:

PCB assemblers have a huge variety of components in their inventory. But still, some components can cause a shortage or unavailability issue. So, while designing the PCB we should select those components which the PCB assemblers have in their inventory. If you don’t know how to design a PCB, you can learn it in just 15 minutes. Yes! Exactly in 15 minutes here is the link for that video https://youtu.be/FDhqpD5RDko.

FOR ACCESSING THE JLCPCB SMT LIBRARY WE NEED TO DO:

Go to the resources -> click on SMT part library ->search for your part number/manufacturers’ part numbers ->verify the availability and price.

HERE WE ARE USING TWO SOFTWARES:

  1. Altium Designed
  2. EasyEDA
  • For EasyEDA: copy the JLCPCB Part number->paste it into the search box of the EasyEDA parts library/Or we can directly search it from there by selecting JLCPCB assembled.
  • For Altium Designer: copy the Manufacturer Part number-> go to Altium designer-> To open the Manufacturer Part Search panel-> select View » Panels » Manufacturer Part Search(from the main menu or the) Manufacturer Part Search i.e., from the button menu at the lower right of the main screen.

When vertically docked, use the pin icon to toggle the panel layout between full screen (wide) mode and its narrow-docked mode.

STEP 2: GETTING THE FILES READY:

To get a fully assembled PCB from any PCB assembler, we need to provide them with some data, including the component’s name, components placement, and the PCB files.

These files are known as:

  • Bill of material or BOM file

It is an excel file that contains the part numbers, name, footprints, and the number of parts used. It contains the components.

  • Pick and Place or CPM file

It contains the placement of parts on the PCB. It has the coordinates, and rotation of components on the PCB.

  • PCB fabrication files or Gerber Files

As the name suggests it contains the PCB files. Extraction of these files can be different for different PCB designing software.

For EasyEDA: go to Fabrication to download all the files.

For Altium Designer: Open your PCB design files on Altium designer software Select File -> Fabrication Outputs -> Gerber Files for PCB Fabrication files.

For Pick and Place file: Select File -> Assembly Outputs -> Generate Pick and Place Files

For BOM file: Select Report -> BOM then click on export.

HOW TO ORDER OUR PCBs WITH SMT ASSEMBLY FROM JLCPCB STEPS ARE:

  • Open the JLCPCB website and click on order now
  • Now we will upload our PCB fabrication files or Gerber files here.
  • Once uploaded we can set our PCB order quantity and color. we need to select the assembly side, which means the side we want to assemble components on our PCB. JLCPCB currently provides only single-sided assembly. Then click on I confirm.
  • We will upload our BOM and CPL files here. And click next.
  • We need to check our components whether are selected properly or not. If some component is missing, we can select a similar one. Then click next.
  • We need to check our components whether are selected properly or not. If some component is missing, we can select a similar one. Then click next.
  • We need to verify the placement of components on the PCB on this page. Once verified we can save it to the cart.

Then we will click on secure checkout and fill in our shipping address and shipping method. Then in the payment method, you will find coupons. Select them to get a discount of 9$. Then pay it using any payment method. After 7 days I received those PCBs. These look amazing.

In this way, you can order your assembled PCBs from https://jlcpcb.com/IYB.

THANK YOU…..

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