Wednesday, April 8, 2009

DIY Through-Plating for Double-Sided PCBs

Creating your own PCBs can be annoying – especially when trying to make them compact and contain many parts. Routing can be very difficult. Luckily, we can make our own double-sided PCBs just as easily. However, the problem now is finding a way to create vias and plated through holes at home safely, efficiently, effectively, quickly, easily and cheaply. Large chemical through-plating machines are out of the question. There must be an easier way to do it.

I came across a webpage a while back which had a few ideas for tackling this issue:

There are several ways to overcome the vias/plated through-hole problem:


  • Easy, quick, cheap, works for most ICs and components. The IC holders can be a bit tricky though, as well as certain capacitors and funny components.
  • Connects one side of the board to the other – like a plated through hole.
  • For vias, a smaller hole can be placed and a wire can be soldered through it on both sides of the PCB. This is slow and annoying.

Linking pins and rivets:

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