PCB PIXture – a new function for PCB Visualizer.
PCB PIXture is a new tool for PCB designers who want to increase the visual impact of their boards. Typical applications include front panels, keyboards, PCB assemblies sold as independent units, consumer electronics … – anywhere where the distinctive appearance of your PCB will make an important selling point. PCB PIXture allows you to take a photograph, logo or other graphical image and have it printed onto your PCB using standard PCB fabrication technology. The image can appear either in black and white as a solder mask image (maskPIXture) or in black and gold (goldPIXture and goldlogo).
PCB PIXture is a “smart menu” in PCB Visualizer. As such, it joins the four new design tools we have introduced over the last few months. These have been developed to help you fine-tune your production data files and make sure that your boards are delivered exactly as you need them:
We announced the PCB PIXture concept in a BLOG on our website in October 2013. The response was enthusiastic: the blog is by far the most viewed of all our blogs, and users voted 2:1 that PCB PIXture was a cool tool. We have now completed the development, and PCB PIXture is a standard option in our PCB pooling services.
There are three options:
We print the pixellated image in black and white solder mask. As this is a complete solder mask layer it has no effect on the functionality of the PCB.
We produce the board with a gold overall surface finish and then define the image using black solder mask. We then screen a transparent soldermask over the top to seal the surface.
Define your logo as a graphical image or in vector text. We will produce the PCB with overall gold surface finish and define the logo as a solid image using black solder mask. We will then screen a transparent soldermask over the top to seal the surface.