What is Artwork
In the PCB industry, artwork is a manufacturing tool used in the fabrication of printed wiring boards. It defines the patterns that will be applied to the board during the manufacturing process. The Artwork consists of a set of electronic data, often in the form of Gerber files, that accurately represent the desired copper patterns and overall layout of the PCB.
The artwork includes various elements such as solder pads, lands, conductors, and other components necessary for the functioning of the PCB. These elements are represented true to scale in respect to their dimensions but shown at a scaled level. Additionally, the Artwork displays lines that represent the boundary of the board, providing a visual representation of the desired copper patterns.
Creating precise and accurate artwork is crucial for ensuring the quality and functionality of the final PCB. Any errors or inaccuracies in the Artwork can lead to problems during the manufacturing process, such as inaccurate registration, broken annular rings, or critical spacing issues. Therefore, skilled personnel with attention to detail are required to generate clean and exact Artwork.