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How we make PCBs

Ever wondered how we go about producing a Printed Circuit Board here in Glasgow?

The following gives a simplified step by step overview of the standard manufacturing process for a PTH PCB:

  • STEP 1 – Film Generation

  • Generated from gerber files, a film representation of the board layout is produced. A film is required for each ‘layer’ – i.e copper layers, solder resist, legend, etc.
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  • STEP 2 – Cut Raw Material

  • For a standard PTH board, double sided copper clad FR4 would be used, typically 1.6mm thick.
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  • STEP 4 – Copper Plating

  • Apply copper plating in hole barrels.
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  • STEP 10 – Legend

  • Apply component idents using silk screen printing process.

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