Silkscreen (also known as legend or nomenclature) defines the text-based, human-readable information that one finds printed onto the surface of a circuit board. Silkscreen information can include component reference designators, company logos, component identifiers, switch settings, test points, other instructions, part numbers, version numbers, etc.
Traditionally, silkscreen has been applied using a traditional screen printing process. Increasingly, silkscreen is applied using a custom-built digital printer with an ink-jet technology.
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