Designing for Selective Robotic Conformal Coating Processing: Rule 12 “Coating 3D components is hard work. Why do it?”

When a circuit board surface looks like a scene from a cityscape and is highly 3D in nature, choosing to coat the sides of components is a really difficult process. You will need at least 5 axes of rotation, the process will slow down, quality really goes down and it looks awful cosmetically. If you don’t need it, don’t do it.

Rule 12

Make coating component packages optional.  Coating the sides of a 3D device is difficult, especially since the coating is subject to gravity, as well as de-wetting due to mould release agents used in the component fabrication.  The plastic or metal package mouldings are almost certainly more resistant to humidity or other forms of water than any conformal coating.

The Rules

The Rules for Selective Conformal Coating are straightforward. Follow them and you can save money and time in your application process. However, if the Rules are not followed, the resultant circuit board design can challenge even the most sophisticated conformal coating system and its operator to achieve the finish desired.

Click Designing Circuit Boards for Selective Robotic Conformal Coating for further Rules.

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About Dr Lee Hitchens

Dr Hitchens has been working in the electronics industry and the area of conformal coatings for over 25 years in various areas including sales and technical support. He has also been training people for almost the same amount of time in all areas of conformal coating whether that is materials & equipment selection, process development or troubleshooting to help them solve their particular problem. Recently, he decided that the industry needed a specific place where all of the useful knowledge on conformal coatings could be collated for users to find easily and use in their own production process. So, Nexus was born and he began the Nexus eBook project.

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