Method of Eliminating Sharp Edges On Plated Cutoff Pins
Original Publication Date: 1982-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
This article describes a method for plating pins after assembly using external circuitry. The pins are made longer then required, and the external electrical connections are made to the excess area. After the plating process is completed, the excess is cut at the narrow neck formed in the pin. When cut in this area, there are no sharp edges formed which will damage the connector into which the pins are inserted. The radius formed at the neck facilitates insertion into printed circuit cards or boards if a soldered connection is required.