Hello All We are going to run our frist 0402 parts soon. do I need to go to .005 stencil or will .006 work ? do I need to use a type 4 paste ? pad design does a standard rectangle work or the round pads ? Thanks in advance for any replies.
For 0402s we use type 3 paste. We have .006 and .005 stencils. The .006 works okay but .005 seems to give us slightly better results. We use a 1:1 ratio for the aperture to match the pad, round pad not needed. With accurate placement and a correct oven profile we rarely see any issues with tombstones.