How to Buy Prototype PCB Boards?

High Quality, Competitive Price, Better Service are the first things you should consider.

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JHYPCB is a professional super-fast PCB factory, focusing on PCB prototype and small-batch PCB manufacturing services. JHYPCB makes electronic manufacturing more efficient and easier.

Generally speaking, before spending money to buy things, we must take careful consideration. There is a Chinese proverb: Shop around. Take buying PCB as an example. This is not an easy choice at all, especially when buying prototype PCB. Maybe we can simplify this process by considering reasonable purchasing criteria. That is, when buying prototype PCB board, how to choose the right PCB manufacturer and supplier, and what attracts you to make the final decision?

What should be a good PCB prototype? We all know that PCB prototypes do not require mass production, so we should find a manufacturer that can provide high-quality, low-cost prototype manufacturing services. JHYPCB can meet your needs to buy PCB prototypes.

Prototype PCB Board

What is PCB Prototype?

PCB, or printed circuit board, is the carrier of important electronic components and the provider of electrical connections for electronic components. Because it is made by electronic printing, it is called a printed circuit board.

PCB prototype refers to the trial production of printed circuit boards before mass production. The primary function is to perform functional debugging and error checking on the PCB that has just been designed; after the available debugging is completed, mass production can be carried out. PCB prototype can perform manufacturability inspections, avoid production risks, and reduce losses caused by product errors.

There is no limit to the number of PCB prototypes.

Ways of PCB prototyping.

There are two ways of PCB prototype; namely, the PCB factory provides PCB prototype manufacturing services, and the professional PCB prototype manufacturing company provides prototype manufacturing services. The two of them have the following differences.

  1. The purpose of the PCB factory to provide prototype production services is for customers to return orders in the future; the business scope of specialized PCB prototype manufacturers is only to provide prototypes or small batch production.
  2. The prototype manufacturing services provided by professional PCB prototype manufacturers are more focused on the speed of prototype manufacturing; PCB factories are more inclined to PCB mass production, and the price will be lower than that of specialized PCB prototype manufacturers.

High Quality

High Quality

We have been committed to high-quality printed circuit board production services and have won praise from customers worldwide. With advanced production equipment and an experienced team of engineers, JHYPCB ensures the excellent quality of PCB prototypes. Besides, all printed circuit boards pass strict tests before being delivered to each customer (we provide various test methods such as the flying probe tests). Therefore, JHYPCB is your best choice for purchasing PCB prototype boards.

Competitive Price

Among all the factors of ordering PCB prototype boards manufacturing services, the price of buying prototype PCB boards should be ranked first. As we all know, the prototype usually refers to small batch trial production, so there is no need to spend too much on it. Based on this, PCBELEC.COM provides you with cheap PCB prototype production. Also, the low cost will never mean low quality in JHYPCB. 100% quality assurance is the most powerful proof of our manufacturing capabilities, making customers worldwide have absolute trust in us.

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Best Service

Better Service

In addition to low cost and high quality, service levels should also be considered. I guess you may feel frustrated when you encounter difficulties. We fully understand this and provide you with quality service 24 hours a day. Our customer service staff and sales staff are not only professional but also enthusiastic, ready to help you at any time.

15 steps for PCB prototyping

Before PCB prototype production, it is necessary to determine the substrate material, such as FR-4, CEM-1, 94V-0, aluminum, or copper.

  • Step 1. Choose the proper PCB prototype manufacturer

Provide detailed PCB specifications and other information to the PCB prototype manufacturer, and place an order after the quotation is confirmed.

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  • Step 2. Cut Laminate

The PCB prototype manufacturer cuts the copper-clad laminate into a suitable size according to the Gerber file provided by the customer.

  • Step 3. Drilling

Drill holes on the copper clad board that meets the requirements. The buried blind hole in the PCB board mainly refers to the role of electrical connection.

  • Step 4. Immersion copper

Copper sinking is depositing a thin layer of copper on the insulating holes by chemical methods.

  • Step 5. Image transfer

Transfer the image on the production film to the board.

  • Step 6. Pattern plating

They are electroplating a copper layer with the required thickness and a gold-nickel or tin layer with the necessary thickness on the exposed copper skin or the hole wall of the circuit pattern.

  • Step 7. Remove the film

Use NaOH solution to remove the anti-electroplating coating film to expose the non-circuit copper layer.

  • Step 8. Etching

Use chemical reagent copper to remove non-circuit parts.

There are many colors of solder masks, and green is the most common one. The function of the solder mask is to protect the circuit and prevent tin on the circuit when welding parts.

  • Step 10. Silkscreen Legend

Print some characters on the circuit board for easy identification.

The surface treatment process includes OSP|HASL|HASL Lead-Free (HASL LF)|Immersion Silver|Immersion Tin|Plated Gold|Immersion Gold(ENIG)|ENEPIG|Golden Finger+HASL|ENIG+OSP|ENIG+Golden Finger|OSP+Golden Finger, etc.

  • Step 12. Gold-plated fingers

The gold finger is generally used as a connector, and a layer of nickel or gold that meets the thickness requirements is plated on the gold finger to make it more rigid and wear-resistant.

  • Step 13. Routing

Through die stamping or CNC gong machine gong the shape required by the customer.

  • Step 14: Testing

The flying probe tester is used for testing to detect defects that affect functionality, such as open circuits and short circuits that are not easy to find visually.

  • Step 15. Pack & Shipping

After the test is completed, the PCB board can be shipped to customers after vacuum and anti-static packaging.

Click here to learn more about the PCB fabrication process and flowchart.

Where to order custom PCBs?

Before choosing a PCB prototype manufacturer, you must consider various factors, such as the manufacturer’s process capabilities. Here are three things to remember when looking for a PCB prototyping manufacturer.

1. Budget

You should design the PCB according to your budget and choose premium or common materials.

2. Manufacturing capacity

The process capabilities of each PCB prototyping manufacturer are different. Complex designs can only be produced by powerful PCB factories.

3. Delivery time

Delivery time is another important consideration when ordering PCB prototypes. Fast turnaround prototype PCB manufacturing can be submitted for delivery, but it also means you need to pay more. Also, you can’t afford any longer than expected delivery times.

Why choose a China PCB Prototype Manufacturer?

Chinese prototype PCB manufacturers are chosen because of their high quality and competitive prices.

If you are looking for a reliable Chinese PCB manufacturer, we recommend you choose JHYPCB. JHYPCB is a factory specializing in quick turnaround PCB prototyping. The JHYPCB manufacturing factory is located in Shenzhen, China; we have the ability to provide you with fast turnaround single-layer PCB, double-sided PCB, multilayer PCB (up to 64 layers), impedance-controlled PCB, Rigid-flex PCB, flexible PCB, etc. We have passed the certification of SGS, RoHS, UL, and other authoritative organizations, and the fastest delivery can be achieved within 24 hours.

The benefits of choosing a Chinese PCB manufacturer

  • cut costs
  • Reduce inventory pressure
  • Quick Turnaround
  • High Quality
  • High-end technology
  • Full feature capability
  • Experienced Experts
  • Environmental policy
  • Production standardization
  • Stable delivery time
  • Payment terms

How to place a PCB order to us?

To sum up, here are the standards for buying prototype PCB board now: price, quality as well as service. Fortunately, PCBELEC.COM is able to satisfy all these demands, all you have to do is checking by yourself.

You only need to contact our online customer service staff or send the PCB Gerber file directly to to enjoy the above services.


Most frequent questions and answers

PCB prototype manufacturing needs to provide PCB or Gerber files, board making instructions: PCB layer number, board thickness, surface treatment, silkscreen legend color, IPC standard, panelization requirements, material, pad process, solder mask color, whether there is impedance requirement, etc. . The Gerber file formats acceptable to our company are Gerber RX-274X, .brd, .pcb, .pcbdoc, etc.

There are many things to pay attention to when ordering PCB prototype manufacturing, and the price is one of the focuses of buyers’ attention. Factors affecting the cost of PCB prototype manufacturing include:

1) Delivery Cycle
2) Quantity
3) Number of PCB Layers
4) Manufacturing Process
5) PCB Material
6) Engineering Cost
7) Location of the PCB Supplier
8) Transportation Cost

For more detailed instructions, please refer to here.

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What factors determine the price of PCB?

We all know the importance of PCB prototyping before mass production because PCB prototyping can provide us with the following benefits:

  1. Check the possible errors in the PCB design process;
  2. Functional test;
  3. Save time and cost;
  4. Manufacturability inspection;
  5. Can help us improve our design;
  6. Ensure that the final product is error-free;
  7. Ensure successful mass production

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Why is prototype PCB manufacturing so important?

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