board orientation issues

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by mik3ca, May 6, 2008.

  1. mik3ca

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    I just designed a 8051 mini-computer circuit and I was about ready to do the second side of a double sided board. I discovered at that point when the holes did not match up, that I printed out the transparencies in the wrong orientation. this means that the circuit will not work even if I continued to proceed with it.

    so before I make the same mistake again and again of using improper orientation/mirroring, is there any simple steps someone can point out to me that maybe I should be following so that a lightbulb can go off in my head when I print the circuits of both sides out?

    I just wasted a $15 circuit board, some etchant, and some developer solution for nothing.

  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    You place text on the top foil side that says "top foil". The bottom foil side should read "bottom". Make sure the text reads correctly with that side of the board up.

    I use positive resist coated boards. I print my foil onto transparencies with a laser printer. For double sided boards, I ensure there is an edge with extra transparency material. I match up the vias and through pads and then staple the transparencies along that excess material side.

    Careful insertion of the blank PCB between the two transparencies and a bit of clear tape to hold the alignment and I almost always get a good result. If I could just plate the holes, things would be perfect.
  3. hgmjr

    Retired Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    Just chalk this one up to experience. You will be more careful next time. We have all made similar mistakes on the path to become proficient at our jobs, hobbies, and careers.

    It is called "polishing the diamond".

  4. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    Print the component layout by itself on a transparency, and overlay it on each side of the print out. Should be obvious if there any discrepancies.