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TIP #014: If you have an exposed pad on your component, consider …

TIP #014: If you have an exposed pad on your component, consider breaking solder paste into smaller pieces.
Why? It helps during soldering.

TIP #013: Be aware if a connector should be placed directly on the edge …

#013 Be aware if a connector should be placed directly on the edge of PCB or if it should be moved out of the board.
Why? You may want the connectors to be touching the enclosure. Some connectors have springs, others have panel around them.

TIP #012: Put useful notes / screenshots / tables into schematic

Why?
– So you do not forget about important stuff
– So you do not have to look for the information again and again

TIP #011: Don’t forget to place mounting holes on your board

Why? If there are no mounting holes, how you are going to fit it into enclosure or a system?

TIP #010: Once you name a net, always copy and paste its name. Never re-write it manually.

#010 Once you name a net (eg. once you create a net name, net label, port name, power net …), always copy and paste it’s name. Never re-write it manually.
Why? Because if you write it manually you can make a mistake.

TIP #009: Choose two or three biggest component suppliers …

TIP #009: Choose two or three biggest component suppliers and use them to select all the components for your designs
Why? It makes manufacturing easier.

TIP #007: Set the right height of your table

Why? Just moving your table up may stop your back pain.

TIP #006: Always create specific schematic symbol for every component type

Why? If you use a generic resistor schematic symbol, then always when you generate a BOM (Bill of Material), you will have to manually edit it.

TIP #005: Make small test circuit boards

Why? You may be surprised how the first revision of a simple circuit may not work the way as you are expecting.