What is Barrel

By Bester PCBA

Last Updated: 2023-08-28

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What is Barrel

A barrel is a cylindrical structure that is formed by plating through a drilled hole. This process involves applying a conductive material, such as copper, to the walls of the drilled hole, creating a continuous electrical connection between different layers of the printed circuit board. Barrels are commonly used for creating vias, which are used to establish electrical connections between different layers of the PCB.

When designing a PCB, the positioning of the silkscreen, which is the layer that contains component labels and other markings, is an important factor to consider. This is because if the silkscreen is not properly positioned, it may result in ink being printed in the via holes, which can cause electrical shorts or other issues. Design rules and fabrication notes may need to be adjusted to accommodate the silkscreen and ensure that it does not interfere with the integrity of the barrel structures. By carefully considering the placement of the silkscreen and making necessary adjustments, the functionality and reliability of the PCB can be maintained.

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