No matter how much time and energy you put into a project, you can sometimes reach what feels like a dead end.
You have exhausted what seems like every avenue of progress and you are still not going anywhere.
However, there are still a few things you can try to get moving again. Let’s take a look at what you can do.
Check Out Some Resources
If you feel like you have hit a dead end with your PCB project then one of the first things you should do is check out some resources.
For example, flex circuits are notoriously dangerous to get right; especially if it is going to be one of the first you have tried to design.
In this case, you may be able to find that your PCB design software offers resources and guides to help you work out several different problems.
Consulting a resource guide like this might be able to give you some of the insight you need.
Another place to check is the component library. This is especially true if you have a component library on the cloud which is constantly updated.
By browsing through it, you may discover that someone has solved exactly the issue you are struggling.
Ask for Help
One of the best things you can do when at a dead end is to ask for help. As a professional PCB designer, you will hopefully be part of a team who can help you out.
One of your colleagues might be able to work out where you have gone and secondly what you need to do to get back on track.
There are also a number of different forums you could go to if you are a hobby PCB designer.
These places are often welcoming to all and can help you work through your problems, no matter what your design skills are like.
Accept You Might Have to Start Over
One of the hardest things you can do whilst designing something is admit that there is nothing more than you can do.
It can feel like a failure but leaving a project behind instead of obsessing over it can be the right path forward.
Make a note of your steps up until that point so, if you are having to start over from the beginning, you know exactly what you did before.
This will hopefully stop you from making the same mistake and ending up in a dead-end situation once more.
Hitting a dead end might feel futile but it is actually one of the best training exercises you can go through.
It can teach you a lot about how to handle a project around how you design PCBs and can teach you important qualities like patience.
While it is frustrating in the moment, getting stuck in a PCB design might actually be one of the most important things which could happen to you as a designer.
Don’t lose hope, this experience is going to teach you a lot.
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