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I was working on a Christmas ornament PCB that was meant to be something that you could power with USB. However, the design fell through for a number of reasons:
- PCB was too thin
- Schematic had some bugs
- Timing didn’t allow for a redo
- JLCPCB doesn’t do PCBA(PCB assembly) for boards that are thicker than 1.6mm.
The biggest issue, the PCB being too thin, is what this project sought to remedy for future projects.
So the design had to take the following requirements into consideration:
So I was trying to be clever and designed two boards to fit within the space of 50mm x 50mm. Unfortunately, because I used a different design, JLCPCB counted this as 2 different boards. So there was a small engineering fee added after the fact. In hindsight… I should have just redesigned the board to have the SAME pattern. Something for next time.