Prototype printed circuit board

12 Aug, 2022

By ren

Why prototype printed circuit board?

Prototype printed circuit boards are produced for several purposes; often, it is crucial to produce prototype circuit boards so that testing may be carried out before moving forward with a complete PCB manufacturing run. It's crucial to have a Prototype printed circuit board manufactured by strict standards. When dependable, superior PCBs are what you're after, turn to EuorpePCB for all of your prototype printed circuit board requirements.

Prototype printed circuit board

What do you need to build a PCB prototype?

You must have the appropriate paperwork in order while creating your PCB prototype.

To make sure your design is accurate, concentrate your efforts on producing clear and simple-to-understand documentation. Never put off creating the documentation for your PCB production.

You need to include some background in your PCB documentation. This is especially important if your designs are for cutting-edge or exclusive technology.

You may take the following actions to make sure your PCB manufacturing documentation is accurate and to make the process as simple as possible for yourself:

  • Save time by using templates.
  • When utilizing copies based on previous documentation, be aware that all revisions and deletions have been done.
  • Ensure that you have a review and approval procedure in place to guarantee correctness.
  • Verify that all of your documentation corresponds to the final design.
  • Verify that part numbers are current.

In summation, you must be diligent in your information gathering while looking for professionally created prototype printed circuit boards. Page errors may indicate problems with the prototype. This can result in a longer and more costly testing procedure.

PCB Prototyping Methodology:

Step 1: Understand the information that your CEM needs:

The initial stage in the Prototype printed circuit board  process is for you, the OEM/ODM, to understand what to anticipate from us, your CEM. Therefore, to get a fully constructed, assembled, tested, and certified PCB prototype, please provide us as much information as possible about your design in the form of design files to the aforementioned email address. Below are some of the key design elements needed for PCB prototyping.

1- PCB layer count, Gerber file type, PCB layout file, and PCB project file

2- Details of the board layer stack, such as board thickness

3- Copper weight and thickness

4- Design restrictions such as the smallest hole size, the smallest distance between traces and vias, the pad-pad and pad-trace clearances,

5- Surface finish information such as ENIG, OSP, and HASL

Information about the color, silkscreen, and aperture of the solder mask.

Seven. NC Excellon a list of tools and drill files

8 - Select files, insert assembly drawings, and add 3D model information (if available)

We can change your PCB design's Gerber file into the required Gerber RS-274X format.

Step 2: Design your circuit

You may either design your circuit by hand or use any EDA CAD program that is currently available, such as ALTIUM, EAGLE, ORCAD, EAGLE, KICAD, etc. A professional circuit layout designer may use this program to record any of the CAD software described above. This early design is often on paper.

Step 3: Schematic Capture

The circuit design must then be transferred from paper to diagrams using CAD EDA software. This stage is crucial because it serves as the foundation for the creation of the "nets" that will transfer the wire connections from schematic components to the PCB layout. Running an electrical rule check, or "ERC," is crucial for spotting errors in schematics early on. Any undetected errors in the design will immediately be duplicated on the PCB. Therefore, before converting to a PCB, the schematic should be verified numerous times.

Step 4: BOM

The BOM, commonly referred to as the parts list, displays specifics about the components used in circuit design. The component designator, component values, description, manufacturer part number, supplier data, supplier footprint information, and quantity are all included in the BOM. The design engineer should choose components that meet the project's or design's needs while also being economical.

Step 5: PCB Layout

The PCB layout routing is the most crucial stage. Here, the design and "netlist" are transferred from the schematics. The straight lines connecting two components on the schematics will be shown on the PCB via the netlist. The board size and form are initially established in this process, followed by the board boundaries, and then components are properly positioned on the PCB board on the top, bottom, or both sides. The components are then coupled/routed with one another by the networks after this.

Step 6:

DRC Exam:

The PCB CAD/EDA software's built-in DRC is a checker system that adheres to the guidelines established in the Design Rules window by the PCB/circuit designer. You may use the DRC at any step of the PCB layout process. However, DRC must be done after PCB layout to ensure there are no faults or warnings. If any rules are broken in the PCB design compared to the limitations provided in the Design Rules Window, the DRC produces faults.

PCB Manufacturing:

The Gerber, Drill Files, and other fabrication output files are given to CEM by email or posted on the web portal when the PCB layout is finished to begin PCB manufacturing. Making a Photo Film using a photo plotter is the first stage in the PCB production process. The photo film is a translucent, thin, positive, or negative piece of plastic. Each layer of the multilayer PCB is given its film, as well as a separate film for the solder mask. Which portions of the PCB are copper and which are not copper are indicated by the photo film.


The surplus copper is now etched away from the layers containing excess copper using a chemical solution. Under the tin, the copper is safe and will form traces.

Stack Alignment

The aforementioned procedure is repeated for the top, bottom, and all interior signal layers in the scenario of a multilayer Prototype printed circuit board with several internal layers. Then, using pins, all layers are carefully positioned on registration holes. This phase is essential because if alignment is poor, we won't be able to separate the layers when they are subsequently bonded or fused.

Fusion of layers

All of the aligned layers are now fused or bound together in this stage. This is accomplished by sandwiching a layer of pre-preg or adhesive between two layers, causing the adhesive to melt and solidify when the layers are compressed by a bonding machine at a high temperature and pressure.

Bore Holes

It's time to drill holes in the layers of the stack now that they are stacked. Using an NC Drill file, an automated machine will swiftly move a high-speed drill (150,000 RPM) over the PCB surface to bore holes while using an X-Ray system to accurately pinpoint the hole site.

Surface Quality

Either HASL, ENIG, or OSP is the final touch finish for the surface. This may be made of gold or silver.


Use a silkscreen to display the logo, board information, and component designator using the usual white ink.


V-scoring, v-groove cutting, or separating individual PCBs from the main PCB panel are the last manufacturing steps.


Prototype PCB construction

The assembly of components (SMT and THT) on the top and bottom surfaces of the PCB prototype is the greatest remaining development milestone.

Sourcing of Components

With our strong connections to suppliers of high-quality, cost-effective components, we can create a high-quality PCBA at EuorpePCB to make your job easier and free up more time for design. We will use the BOM you offer as a reference to buy/source/procure components from trustworthy suppliers.

Stenciling using solder paste

A stainless steel stencil with proper apertures is used to apply solder paste evenly at all pads on the PCB surface. Flux and solder paste will combine to melt and attach the solder paste to the pad's PCB surface. The paste is spread on the surface and applied to every pad opening on the stencil through an applicator or squeegee and then the stencil is removed.

Wave Soldering

As an alternative to reflowing, wave soldering involves automated devices spraying molten solder onto the legs of THT components attached to PCBs. Instead of SMT components, this technique is appropriate for THT components.

Read more: Electronic printed circuit assembling


Manufacturing a Prototype printed circuit board on American soil has numerous advantages given the coronavirus epidemic and the difficulties it has posed for business and industry. Because there are no tariffs when you choose Imagineering for your prototype and production, you'll benefit from quicker turnaround times and reduced prices. Choose EuorpePCB without hesitation. Contact us right away to get a price and to go through your requirements for PCB and prototype fabrication.


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