The Express Laser Stencil service provides economical laser cut stainless steel stencils for printing solder pastes onto small production runs of PCBs. Note that both overall stencil size and aperture data editing is restricted on this service. The order deadline for an Express Laser Stencil is 9.00 am, and delivery next day within the UK mainland will be by 12.00 mid-day. Prices start from just GBP 37.80, and they can be ordered with any PCB Train service.
If stencils with frame mounting holes are required, with data editing suitable for production runs, consider using our full service bureau style laser stencil cutting service.
Affordable Solder Paste Stencils for Prototype PCBs
The express laser stencil service makes it affordable to reap the benefits of using solder paste stencils for manufacturing prototype and small batch production electronic assemblies without breaking the bank. Printing a solder paste is quick and easy, and gives far better solder paste distribution than "solder dot pasting” each pad by hand. Solder paste and reflow are by far the best way to assemble pcbs. The Express Laser Stencil service makes solder paste printing accessible for even the smallest batch quantities.
Precision Laser Stencil Cutting
All stencils are cut on our precision laser stencil cutting machine. All our stencils are of the steel "shim" or "foil" type.
Please note that if stencils with frame mounting patterns are required, together with aperture editing suitable for production runs, do not use the Express Laser Stencil service but consider using our full service bureau style laser stencil cutting service. We also regret that we cannot supply stencils mounted on fabric stretched over aluminium frames.Express stencils are shipped on the next working day following the working day of order placement. Express laser stencils are suitable for all component pitches down to 0.4mm (0.016") and all discrete components down to 0201s.The profile of the Express laser stencil is cut to the size of your PCB with the addition of a plain border of at least 10 mm on all sides.
Note that all Express stencils are supplied without any frame fixing holes or fiducials. It is assumed that paste data files will be 1:1 to your PCB pad data. Express laser stencils will be cut with standard feature reductions of 5% from your PCB layout data. If top and bottom stencils are required, request 2 stencils on the order form and pay the lot price for 2 stencils as quoted. Your stencil must be for a PCB or panel no greater than 330mm x 230mm overall and your stencil must contain less than 1500 pads.
If your PCB has been ordered in a standard PCB Train step & repeated panel, then we will step single image paste data to the same pitch. We guarantee that the stencil will register perfectly with your PCB panel. When ordering such stencils, enter the overall "x" and "y" dimensions of the step & repeated panel in the Express stencil price calculator.
- Maximum stencil dimensions for this service: 350mm x 250mm
- Maximum overall pcb or panel dimensions: 330mm x 230mm
- Minimum selve edge allowance: 10mm all sides
- Positional accuracy: +/- 12.5 micron
- Aperture dimensional tolerance: 9 micron
- Standard material thickness : 127 micron stainless steel
- Repeatability : +/- 16 micron