In order to provide the fastest and most accurate quotation for your PCB & Assembly it is extremely useful if you can supply us with the following:
The more information we receive from you the better!
We will need to figure out the following before we make your PCB…
If you provide this information, plus the following, you will be well on the way to a successful PCB build:
1) Gerber files – the complete Gerber files should include:
2) Solder Mask colour
3) Legend colour
There are many Gerber viewers available online. He is a link to a free Gerber viewer: http://www.graphicode.com/GC-Prevue#download
To find out the bare board specifications we can work to click on this pdf. (Bare Board Spec PDF)
Similarly to manufacture, for a PCB assembly we will need to figure out:
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If you are new to PCB design you will probably want to take advantage of our design expertise. However you may also want to learn how to use design layout software without any major investment. The link in the related information box will allow you to download free PCB CAD software. http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=pcb
The folks at Boldport have created PCBmodE, free open source software for designing printed circuit boards, but with an artistic perspective. Traditional EDA tools are designed from an engineering perspective, whereas PCBmodE treats the PCB as a creative palette. They aim to give you freedom to express your design with all the tools of the medium. http://pcbmode.com/
There are new emerging technologies and manufacturing techniques. A number of organisations exist where you can get help with design guidelines, build acceptance standards and a variety of invaluable support documentation. European Circuits recommends IPC as such an organisation. http://www.ipc.org/