An online quotation for a pcb on PCB Train can be obtained using the PCB Train price calculator. A single pcb is defined as the pcb area which is enclosed with one continuously cut profile line. The dimensions of the pcb should be entered as the length and breadth in mm of the rectangle which encompasses your pcb design. The actual pcb outline does not have to be rectangular.
All prices are "lot" prices for the batch quantity of pcbs of the size, specification and delivery service you select. There are no additional tooling charges. Green solder resists and white legends on both sides are included if required except on our limited specification PCB Train Express 1 day turnaround service where the finish excludes solder resist and legends.
Prices depend on the manufacturing lead time selected. The faster the service, the more you pay.
We recommend that your order is placed online. This ensures all the information we require is presented to us in one document. We need PCB layer files in Gerber format plus standard CNC drill files (usually designated "excellon"). The default "plot" files from your CAD system are invariably suitable. ZIP them up and upload through our price calculator or just email them and your order to us here. If your need exceeds the range of prices, deliveries or specification offered by our online price calculators, please ask us to quote.
Circuits or panels?
You have a choice. Most customers want pcbs supplied as single circuits. However you can order them as step & repeated panels. Either way, you send us a set of gerber data with a single image and we do the panelisation.
PCBs supplied as single circuits
Most customers will want their pcbs supplied as single circuits and prices can be obtained from the price calculator and orders may be placed online.
Step & repeated panels of the same circuit attached by tabs, with PCB Train standard handling framee
Simply provide us with single image pcb gerber data. We will place your circuit in a "standard" panel in a format which we know to be acceptable for most automated assembly. Our standard panel design with handling frame has 2.00mm gaps between circuits with a 10.00mm handling frame on each of 4 sides. 3.00mm tooling holes and fiducial markers will be placed in each corner. Individual circuits will be fixed by 2.0mm tabs within the panel. During the "Quote and Order" process, select "Yes" to supply in panels. Enter the required number of images in the "X" axis and "Y" axes. Prices are still quoted as per circuit, but your order will be supplied in the specified panel arrangement. Note that the maximum overall step & repeated panel size should be no more than 200mm x 300mm, about the size of an A4 sheet of paper.
Step & repeated panels of the same circuit attached by tabs, with customer designed handling frame (additional charge £100)
Customer designed handling frames present us with difficulties because of the wide variation in complexity. We recommend that you consider using the PCB Train standard handling frame for which there is no charge. However, if this is unsuitable, then PCB pricing will be based on the overall dimensions of your panel including the handling frame, plus an additional ?100 charge for processing panel gerber data or for creating the panel data from single image gerber and your panel design. You cannot at present place this type of order online. So calculate the order value from the website and email your order details to us.
Solder-paste files (no extra charge)
Solder paste data for step & repeated panels will be supplied upon request at no charge subject to solder paste layers having been provided within the original pcb data. email your request to us.
Multi-circuit panels containing a mixture of different circuits (additional charge - see below)
Pricing will be based on the overall dimensions of the panel. A multi-circuit panel is defined as a pcb which contains two or more different circuits on the same sheet. You design the panel and send us a single set of Gerber data. Multi-circuit panels can be extremely complicated. These types of configuration present problems for us during tooling and final profiling. There are extra charges if the lot price is less than our minimum lot prices for multi-circuit panels. We will manufacture multi-circuit panels at our quoted PCB Train prices but subject to minimum lot value of:
If your lot price is less than this, we will charge an additional lot premium of £10 for each circuit contained in one panel of your multi-circuit panel design. Remember to space the circuits at least 2.00 mm apart to allow for our standard 2.00mm router tool. You cannot at present place this type of order online. So calculate the order value from the website and email your order details to us.
Circuit board technical capability
The design features of circuits must be within the PCB Train technical capability. We do not warrant to identify non-conformities in design files. Any impairment of functionality as a result of this is your responsibility. If your circuit falls outside the PCB Train technical capabilities, ask us for a special quote. We manufacture in a wide variety of materials and specifications. E-mail your requirement to PCB Train.
Surface mount technology is completely compatible with PCB Train. There are many technologies available when it comes to CAD layouts and design. CAD layout technology can take on many forms including surface mount, single and double layer technology. The process of constructing electronic circuits involves surface mount technology. The components are mounted directly onto the surface of the printed circuit boards.
Both surface mount technology and through-hole technology are construction methods of fitting components. SMT (surface mount technology) has largely replaced through-hole technology. Both technologies can be used on the same board, even if through-hole components are not suited to surface mounting.
Many clients opt for surface mount technology because the components are a lot smaller having miniature connections on the ends of the component or even connections under the body of the part.