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4.3.4 Deleting Inner Layer Connection at a Plated Hole, Spoke Cut Method More Guides
This method is used on multilayer circuit boards or assemblies to disconnect an internal connection at a plated hole. A precision drill press is used with a carbide end mill to make precise cuts at the spokes or internal circuits extending from the hole.

Extreme care must be taken to prevent damage to adjacent circuits. A microscope must be used during milling when extreme accuracy is required.

Minimum Skill Level - Expert
Recommended for technicians with advanced soldering and component rework skills and extensive experience in most repair/rework procedures.

Conformance Level - High
This procedure most closely duplicates the physical characteristics of the original, and most probably complies with all the functional, environmental and serviceability factors.

Acceptability References
IPC-A-600 2.0 Externally Observable Characteristics
IPC-A-600 3.0 Internally Observable Characteristics
Procedure References
1.0 Foreword
2.1 Handling Electronic Assemblies
2.2 Cleaning
2.5 Baking And Preheating
2.7 Epoxy Mixing and Handling
IPC7721 4.3.4 Deleting Inner Layer Connection at a Plated Hole, Spoke Cut Method
Tools and Materials
CircuitMedic Part
Circuit Bond Packs
Clear, superior strength epoxy in two-compartment plastic packages
CircuitMedic Part
High Temp Tape Discs
High temperature polyimide tape discs, .50" diameter.
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4.3.4 Deleting Inner Layer Connection at a Plated Hole, Spoke Cut Method
Deleting Inner layer Connection at a Plated Hole, Spoke Cut Method
4.3.4 Deleting Inner Layer Connection at a Plated Hole, Spoke Cut Method
Figure 1: Precision Drill System with base plate to pin circuit board in position while cutting inner layers.
4.3.4 Deleting Inner Layer Connection at a Plated Hole, Spoke Cut Method
Figure 2: Internal view of plated through hole with inner layer spoke connections.

4.3.4 Deleting Inner Layer Connection at a Plated Hole, Spoke Cut Method
Figure 3: Mill adjacent to the plated hole to sever internal spoke connections.
  1. Identify the hole that requires rework and clean the area.

  2. Mark the coordinates on the board surface and place the circuit board on the base plate of the precision drill press. (See Figure 1)

  3. Select the appropriate size end mill or drill and insert it into the chuck of the Precision Drill System. The cutting tool should be approximately .010 - .025 mm (.005" - 010") greater than the width of the spoke or circuit to be cut. Set speed to high.

    Abrasion operations can generate electrostatic charges.


    End mills are normally single end, 2 or 4 flute solid carbide.

  4. Mill into the circuit board surface adjacent to the plated hole. The milled holes should be aligned directly above the internal spoke connections. Mill down just deep enough to sever the internal spokes connecting the plated hole to the internal plane. A microscope must be used for accuracy. Up to 4 milled holes may be required. Do not drill deeper than needed. (See Figure 3)

  5. Blow away material with air and clean the area

  6. Check continuity to be sure that the internal connection has been deleted. Inspect the neighboring circuits to make sure that none of them have been severed or damaged.

  7. Mix the epoxy.

  8. Fill the holes with epoxy flush with the surface. Remove excess.

    A slight overfill of epoxy may be desired to allow for shrinkage.

  9. Cure the epoxy per Procedure 2.7 Epoxy Mixing and Handling.


  1. Visual and electrical examination as required.
Procedure for reference only.
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