PCB Prototype

If you need prototype printed circuit boards, it's important to work with an assembler who can turn your designs around fast. These boards help verify you have the right design before you start a full production run so you can avoid costly errors. The sooner you get your prototype circuit board back, the sooner you can test it and get started on your standard production run. PCBCart is the fast PCB manufacturer you need. PCBCart offers quick-turn PCB prototypes to turn your prototype boards around fast while still maintaining complete adherence to your design specifications.

Prototype Printed Circuit Boards Meet High-Quality Standards

PCBCart offers rapid PCB prototyping services for quick-turn PCB at high quality and low cost. We're fully compliant with ISO9001:2008 quality management systems, and we have an in-house quality control department to verify that all work meets our high standards.

Depending on your custom requirements, we can prototype your PCB within 3-7 days, compared to 6-18 days of Standard PCB service. Check out our circuit board prototype capabilities in the following table:

Features Capability
Quality Grade Standard IPC 1
Number of Layers 1 - 8layers
Order Quantity 5pcs - 100pcs
Build Time 2 - 7 days
Material FR-4 Standard Tg 140°C
Board Size Min 6*6mm | Max 500*500mm
Board size tolerance ±0.1mm - ±0.3mm
Board Thickness 0.4mm - 2.0mm
Board Thickness Tolerance ±0.1mm - ±10% of thickness of board
Copper Weight 1.0oz - 2.0oz
Inner Layer Copper Weight 0.5oz - 1.0oz
Copper Thickness Tolerance +0μm +20μm
Min Tracing/Spacing 5mil/5mil
Solder Mask Sides As per the file
Solder Mask Color Green, White, Blue, Black, Red, Yellow
Silkscreen Sides As per the file
Silkscreen Color White, Black
Surface Finish Lead Free HASL - RoHS
HASL - Hot Air Solder Leveling
ENIG - Electroless Nickle/Immersion Gold - RoHS
Min Annular Ring 5mil
Min Drilling Hole Diameter 8mil
Min Width of Cutout (NPTH) 0.8mm
NPTH Hole Size Tolerance ±.002" (±0.05mm)
Min Width of Slot Hole (PTH) 0.6mm
PTH Hole Size Tolerance ±.003" (±0.08mm) - ±.006" (±0.15mm)
Surface/Hole Plating Thickness 20μm - 30μm
SM Tolerance (LPI) .003" (0.075mm)
Aspect Ratio 1.10 (hole size: board thickness)
Test 10V - 250V, flying probe or testing fixture

Prototype PCB Service vs. Standard PCB Service

Use PCB Prototype service when you want:

  • • Boards for design review or preproduction quality testing
  • • Rapid PCB turnaround
  • • Boards with eight or fewer layers
  • • FR-4 boards
  • • Quality standard IPC1 boards

Use Standard PCB service if you need:

  • • Boards for full production
  • • Slightly longer turnaround time
  • • Boards with up to 9-32 layers
  • • FR-4, aluminum, flex or other types of boards
  • • Quality standard IPC2 boards

Refer to this handy chart for a complete breakdown of the differences between our circuit board prototype and standard circuit board services.

What Are the Benefits of Circuit Board Prototyping?

We recommend you chose PCB prototyping service for function testing of new products prior to making a commitment to a full-production run. Benefits of developing PCB board prototype include:

  • • Rapidly test and correct designs if there are any mistakes
  • • Potentially detect any design flaws in the early stages
  • • Enjoy a quick turnaround time to help you achieve your productivity goals
  • • Order low-quantity production runs featuring a minimum order quantity of only five boards if necessary
  • • Benefit from lower production tolerances - offer a clear indication of how well your PCB will perform

Once your proto boards have demonstrated their ability to meet your quality and performance requirements, you are ready for a full production run. Then we will transition from PCB prototype board service to Standard PCB service, which provides tighter production tolerances and more advanced options, including a free Design for Manufacture (DFM) check that is capable of detecting potential issues that could reduce the quality of your PCB.

Save Time and Money in the Long Run With PCB Rapid Prototyping Services from PCBCart

PCB prototyping is the best practice method used world-wide to verify the quality of a design before proceeding. In the past, some companies may not have had time to develop a prototype PCB, wait for the assembler to put that PCB prototype together and then test it. However, thanks to the rapid PCB prototyping offered by PCBCart, this is no longer an issue. You can send in your prototyping PCB board design and have a fast PCB prototype in a week or less, giving you plenty of time to test your PCB proto board to fully prepare for your regular production run.

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Need guidance? Here are some helpful resources
Pre-order File Checklist
Reduce PCB Prototyping Price By Designing PCBs Within PCBCart's Standard Capabilities
Detailed Manual on Generating Quote for PCB Prototyping Projects

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