Designing and putting together a circuit with several components can be a bit challenging. Circuitry design often comes down to efficiency and precision. In most cases, the difficulty stems from the type of circuit board you choose to use. You could go for breadboards, parallel stripboards, or printed circuit boards. Among the three, the printed circuit board is the most popular with mass-produced electronics; however, that does not mean that it can’t be used for small projects and prototypes. Here are some of the advantages of using a printed circuit board over other alternatives.
Compact and Neat
Soldering on a printed PCB results in a compact circuit, which saves on space, wiring, and solder. The PCB allows components to be soldered close together without the risk of interference. Some of these PCBs can be printed on both sides allowing for surface mount components as well as through-hole mounts. All this means that more components can be soldered onto a small board.
The contact lines of printed circuit boards are drawn to precision, reducing the chances of making any errors. Most printed PCBs have insulated strips with the contacts only exposed at the soldering point; this reduces the risk of short-circuiting along the strip lines.
Working with a printed circuit board saves a lot of time, especially when the circuit involves dozens or hundreds of different components. With a parallel stripboard or a breadboard, you have to redesign the entire circuit to fit into the parallel tracks. But, with printed PCBs, the strips are laid out in the most efficient design favoring quick soldering, diagnosis, and testing. Printed PCBs come in handy when designing multiple complex circuits or during mass production.
Printed circuit boards present several benefits over breadboards, parallel stripboards, and open wire circuit designs. For decades now, electronic manufacturers have favored printed PCBs for developing their products due to their convenience, time saving, and cost saving benefits.