Editorial Team - PCB Directory
Aug 22, 2021
The Silkscreen is the topmost layer of a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) which is used as a reference indicator for placing components on a PCB Board. It requires a specifically formulated ink whose standard color is white, but it can also be Red, Black, Yellow, Blue and a number of other colors.
The silkscreen is used to specify useful information on the PCB board that can help/assist users during assembly. It is used to mark component values, part numbers, test points, polarity etc.
What is the purpose of using a silkscreen layer?
The silkscreen is not applied to PCB boards by default. A customer has to ask for this and there is usually an additional charge for applying a silkscreen on the board. Here are some important benefits to opt for the silkscreen layer:
There are three main ways to add silkscreen coating on a PCB:
You can see the quality of the silkscreen based on the approach used in the figure
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