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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.
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Prototype Printed Circuit Boards That Meet Our 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:
|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|
|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|
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 prototype PCB 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, which can provide a clear indication of how well the finished 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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If you're ready to order your quick PCB prototype service but need to know how much it will cost, click the following button to try our online PCB Prototype calculator now. The online quote calculator allows you to independently generate a quote for your custom PCB prototyping project in seconds. Just fill out the circuit specifications and the PCB prototyping price will show in the right column.
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