Solder Paste StencilSolder Paste Stencil Bruce Fri, 11/20/2009 - 09:23
The Stencil Product Creator Module allows you to quickly define a solder paste stencil for your PCB.
Using the copper layer and paste mask layer data from the PCB, you can do the following:
- Select a frame from among pre-defined or uploaded frame data
- Adjust all opening sizes by a percentage of area
- Adjust the corner rounding of all openings
- Fine tune individual opening sizes to correct for process issues
- Mark fiducials for etching (rather than cutting)
- Add text
- Place top and bottom openings side by side on the same stencil
- Split a large opening into an array of smaller openings
- Define regions of the stencil to be built up or etched down to a different thickness
All opening size adjustments are defined as a percentage of the copper pad area (when copper data is available). The WYSIWYG viewer lets you see how your adjusted openings compare to the copper pads.
A frame manager and editor allows you to upload frames or build new frames based on pre-defined templates. Frames may be defined with variable texts (company name, product number, etc) which automatically get substituted in the Stencil Product Creator.
Once a stencil product has been published, you can get prices and order the stencil in the same manner as for PCB products.