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Quick Video of a PCB ‘V-Groove’ Machine in Operation #ManufacturingMonday

While some manufacturers now offer laser-cut grooves as an option the traditional method involves a machine that scores a ‘v-groove’ into the PCB, like so:

This is how V-Grooves are cut into PCBs. V-Grooves are half-cuts into the PCBs that allow them to be snapped apart easily. Minimum V-Groove cut length in generally 8cm due to machine cutting length. V-Grooves must be cut across the entire PCB length, it is not possible to make short internal cuts.

Here are some additional links for reading up on V-grooves:

V-SCORING OF PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS IN ARRAYS
Pocket Guide to V-Scoring
PCB Designers Need to Know These Panelization Guidelines

[via Dangerous Prototypes]


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