Saturday, October 19th

Cost Determining Factors When Quoting PCBs – Part I

Cost Determining Factors When Quoting PCBs – Part I

Customers and/or buyers who are relatively new to the printed circuit board (PCB) industry may sometimes be confused as to how a particular project is priced by the fabricator.  Today we’ll begin to demystify the factors used by fabricators to calculate price, empowering you to better plan and price your next PCB project. PCB Pricing is a result of many different elements.  Every PCB manufacturer will have some similar needs… Read More

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Learn from a Fabricator; Time and Money Saving Design Rules

Learn from a Fabricator; Time and Money Saving Design Rules

As a PCB fabricator we’re frequently asked, “What are your basic design rules?” Typically what designers are looking for are some guidelines to follow when designing a PCB layout, though this could mean a variety of things. Over the years there’s been a movement towards designing smaller and faster electronics but smaller and faster can also mean more difficult to fabricate resulting in higher costs. While some may put more… Read More

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Countersinks and Counterbores for Printed Circuit Boards

Countersinks and Counterbores for Printed Circuit Boards

This is a continuation of our PCB-101 series. In this post, we will talk about Countersinks and Counterbores. This video provides a quick overview. Read on after for more details: Countersinks and Counterbores First I will highlight what these are and then what we need to know when manufacturing a printed circuit board that needs to have counterbores and countersinks. Countersinks and counterbores are not anything unique to printed circuit… Read More

An Expert’s Guide to PCB Finishes

An Expert’s Guide to PCB Finishes

Applying the surface finish is one of the last steps of manufacturing a printed circuit board. The surface PCB finish is designed to prevent oxidation of the remaining exposed copper, while the soldermask covers the majority of the circuitry. This is important because oxidized copper cannot be soldered. In rare instances, when a printed circuit board requires “body gold,” the finish is applied to the copper prior to the soldermask… Read More