Eurocircuits Tips & tricks – How to order the most cost effective PCB

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – How to order the most cost effective PCB
Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – How to order the most cost effective PCB

What options are available to help reduce the cost of your Prototype PCB?

When uploading your PCB data to your Eurocircuits account you may have noticed on occasion some small Icons next to certain options:

  • Single coin, indicating this option has additional costs – Amending your design to fall into a classification which no longer has additional costs.
  • Stack of coins, this indicates that the option selected no longer falls into our pooling service and the cost will raise accordingly to reflect unique manufacture – here possible review the remarks and see if it is possible to amend the design to no longer fall outside of our pooling option, if this is not possible then use to the “customise matrix” to identify the most cost effective quantity.

In addition to the stack of coins your will also see a remark directing you to where the non-pooling option is:

We have worked to providing Design Rules which can be imported into 3 of the most popular CAD design packages. They will push your design to meet the cost effect design classification automatically, you can find these Design Rules here:

For “true” prototyping we also have the “NAKED Proto” service, by offering a high quality PCB which does not include soldermask or silk screen marking can reduce the price of you order by up to 45%.

Pooling customer orders and sharing the cost of production, the heart of our business and successfully offering affordable Prototype PCBs for 25 years.

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Cost effective Solderpaste Printing

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – How to order the most cost effective PCB

Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Cost effective Solderpaste Printing

Electronics is a very dynamic market, demanding smaller and smaller circuits, requiring very small tracks and gaps in the PCB layout. This also influences the components which can be used.

As Through Hole (THT) components are rarely available for these requirements, more designs are driven to SMD (surface mount devices). This causes additional costs to your small prototype series, namely no longer can you simply take a soldering Iron and solder wire to manufacture your boards. It is now essential to use Solderpaste and a Solderpaste stencil and printing device.

Solderpaste stencils can be expensive, requiring expensive machines to ensure perfect alignment for the stencil to the board.

Eurocircuits have worked with designers to understand what is required and how we can help to offer the right service for printing your boards with Solderpaste.

First we can offer Solderpaste stencils, you can order with a click of a button.

We also looked at our customers who need an alignment solution and for this we came up with the eC-registration:

Finally we thought long and hard and wanted to offer an affordable solution to align the stencil and boards accurately inside your lab environment. For this we can up with 2 solutions:

  • Stencil fix, see how this works here
  • Stencil-mate, see how this can help you here

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Problem identification and Auto-Repair

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Problem identification and Auto-Repair
Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Problem identification and Auto-Repair

We at Eurocircuits want to make your life as designers easier in any small way we can. You already have the stress and pressure of creating a practical and functional electronic design without the added pressure of knowing all the production restrictions and overcoming them before being able to have the peace of mind that you design can be made.

With our PCB Checker you can see not only the exact location of problem but also the measured values to allow you to either correct the technology specification or your design.

But did you know, we have continued to evolve our unique PCB Visualizer tool to automatically fix these problems for you too, saving you precious hours development time and stress.

Watch the 2 minute video below or read our short BLOG to see how you can save time on money getting your design produced.

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

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  • eC-placer: fast, accurate PCB prototype assembly solution./li>

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Marking Editor

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Marking Editor

Eurocircuits tips & tricks – Marking Editor

Did you know that you could add your company logo to your PCB design, add text, Date code, UL marking or even determine where to locate your order number? Not only this but place them either in the copper layer or the silk legend layer?

But why would you do this? The answer is simple and opens a new world of possibilities and tools for design engineers. You can make your design more personalised by adding your company logo, what about adding your name to the board or easily marking it to identify a prototype and not production board? Add a QR code to the board to make it universally identifiable, Or how about simply specifying where your order number should be placed to ensure it is where you want and need it?

All of this has been made possible and easy to do through your PCB Visualizer, in just 3 minutes we can show you in the video below how to open a new world of PCB identification.

We have also create a short blog with more details to help you make the most of your Marking editor

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

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eC-equipment

  • eC-placer: fast, accurate PCB prototype assembly solution./li>

If you would like us to produce a blog or white paper on a particular aspect of PCB manufacturing technology or PCB soldering, e-mail us at euro@eurocircuits.com

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – KiCAD native data direct import

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – PCBA Visualizer
Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – KiCAD native data direct import

We process over 400 data sets a day for our customers. Front end data preparation is a critical stage of the process to ensure that the data we receive reflects what the designer had in mind, that it is manufacturable and that all requirements are fulfilled.

There are many CAD systems available on the market which are designed to provide Gerber data required to make your PCB’s. However one of the problems we often see with the data provided and which leads to delays and back and forth communication is ambiguous data labelling and missing data, this will be the difference between getting what you want, when you need it or not.

We have worked in the past to provide Design Rule Templates for Altium and Eagle which is a simple and effective way to guide you to producing the most cost effective design layout. In addition to this we developed our PCB Visualizer interface to directly utilise the container format from Eagle (*.BRD), this is a structured output which removes any ambiguity regarding layer structure, board outline and many other features which may normally require us to get clarification from you, additionally, every required layer is included (if you knew how many times we receive data without the drill file for the holes).

You will now be pleased to know that we have opened these benefits to KiCAD users by providing the possibility to Upload directly to PCB Visualizer the . kicad-pcb files, this is an encapsulated file format containing all the data required, with logical layer naming and ordering ensuring no misinterpretation or additional clarification.

Your can find more information here on what KiCAD-PCB provides and how you can configure this output.

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

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  • eC-placer: fast, accurate PCB prototype assembly solution./li>

If you would like us to produce a blog or white paper on a particular aspect of PCB manufacturing technology or PCB soldering, e-mail us at euro@eurocircuits.com

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KiCAD – design rules