PCB – Mounting a PCB Project


My project Super OSD fits on a PCB with dimensions of approximately 40mm x 70mm. It's very space constrained and I can't expand the PCB too much. How should I approach this problem? I realise it's not strictly electronics, but it is a problem many have presumably solved before. I first considered screws but I didn't find any ones small enough – I need to go as small, or smaller than 4mm diameter. I was thinking of using heatshrink to keep the module secure if screws were not an option. Any opinions?

Best Answer

I'd probably go for M3 or M4 stainless steel socket head cap screws. They're strong, corrosion resistant, and readily available around the world. If you google DIN 912 A4, (DIN 912 meaning a metric socket head cap screw and A4 meaning stainless steel), you'll find lots of suppliers.

One such supplier: http://www.mcmaster.com/#din-912-a4-socket-head-cap-screws/

I'd have those screws pass through nylon unthreaded standoffs and thread into whatever you're mounting the board to. Here's what I'm talking about: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/116/3240/

You might also try snap-on plastic standoffs like these: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/116/3245/

They're designed to snap into a 5/32" (3.97 mm) hole, so they should just fit.