Why would I want to personalize the appearance of my PCB design?” Well, your boards may be visible in the final product and you want to add customer appeal or brand awareness. Or as a prototype designer you want your customers and prospects to recognize your work and send you new projects.
There are already different ways used to personalize PCBs: adding a logo in the legend; using a different soldermask colour or designing a recognizable board shape.
Now we offer something more – PCB PIXture.
The goldPIXture project.
The PIXture mask concept started during the summer of 2013. We experimented with graphical images built in silver and gold on copper clad epoxy (standard FR-4). The result is a new service where we build pictures (we call them PIXtures) using PCB manufacturing technology. For more information about this service, go to www.goldPIXture.com, or click on the PIXtures below.
The PCB PIXture mask.
For the goldPIXture project we developed software to break a graphical image into pixels and convert the image to DPF. This is the format used by our frontend engineering system (UCAM) and our laser phototool plotters. With this software we can now add any graphical image into a PCB dataset and create an extra ‘Image layer’ that can be printed, for instance, as a soldermask layer.
How do we make a PCB PIXture mask?
The PCB PIXture is printed on the boards as a double soldermask layer. The first layer is a white photo imageable soldermask made in the normal way. The second layer, printed over the first, is a black soldermask layer with the artwork based on the PIXture file. This process does not affect the functionality of the board or the solderability, as the material we use is standard photo imageable soldermask ink.
Do you want a PIXture on your PCB?
We want to have your opinion before we decide if it makes sense to offer PCB PIXture as a poolable option in our services. Please complete the poll below. If you want to test PCB PIXture right away, you can send your PCB design (or Eurocircuits order number) together with a graphical image or idea to email@example.com. We will make you a proposal showing what your PIXturized PCB would look like. For the first 10 requests we will produce a free prototype board including a PCB PIXture.
Pourquoi ne pas signer vos circuits imprimés avec une photographie réalisée en vernis épargne de votre choix ? Ils peuvent être visibles dans un équipement ou comme produit fini. Porteur de votre image, c’est un vecteur de communication qui vous rendra reconnaissables entre tous.