Prototype vs Standard Production PCBs
2018-11-23 17:56Writer: qyadminReading:
Before you begin a full production run, you need to make sure that your printed circuit board, or PCB, is functioning properly. Because PCBs are such an integral part of so many electronic devices, if one fails or performs inadequately after full production, it can be extraordinarily costly. Prototyping your PCB beforehand can help you avoid such a situation.
Engineers use prototype PCBs early in the design process to test the functions of a PCB-based solution. They often order multiple runs of prototypes to test redesigns or test a single function before moving on to a more complex design. This enables them to discover elements that require correction earlier in the process. The earlier you catch those issues, the less costly they will be.
For prototyping your PCB solutions to be effective, you need an assembler who can quickly create high-quality prototypes that align with how the final product will function as closely as possible. That's why, at PCBCart, we offer a fast, accurate prototyping service with a low minimum order quantity.
Our prototype boards differ from our standard production boards in a number of ways. Prototypes offer fewer advanced options and lower production tolerances but will nevertheless be able to demonstrate whether your designs meet your performance and quality standards.
We offer a fast build time for prototypes. You can also order prototypes in smaller quantities of 5 to 100, while standard orders can consist of one to more than 10,000 pieces.
The specifications of these two types of boards also differ. Prototypes meet the quality standard of IPC1, while standard boards meet IPC2. Prototypes only use the material R4, while standard runs can use various materials, including R4, aluminum and flex-rigid material.
Standard PCBs can also handle a higher number of layers than a test board can. Our prototypes can accommodate up to 8 layers while the standard can have as many as 32. This means that standard can have a greater thickness than prototypes boards can. Both varieties have the same minimum, while the standard's maximum is slightly higher.