Custom PCB

Benefits of custom circuit boards

Why you customize a PCB? Most electronic product or equipment function are basic on circuit board, so To implement certain functions on the product, you often have to improve or customize the circuit board. So custom PCB a lot of benefits as following:

  1. Improve products: Custom circuit boards can innovate and improve products, let you product performance better.
  2. Add new function: Custom PCB boards can add new functionality to existing boards, let your product be unique design product
  3. Make your product size smaller: Customized PCB boards can remove bad functional modules from existing circuit boards and reduce the size of circuit boards and products
  4. Reduce competition: Custom PCB boards can differentiate your products from existing products in the market and reduce competition
  5. Earn higher profits: Customized circuit board products can allow you to sell better prices and earn higher profits.
  6. Better after-sales service: Customized printed circuit board products make it easy for your product after-sales service. You should design the circuit board yourself, so once you find a problem with your product PCB board, you can quickly find out the cause of the problem and solve it. But If you buy off-the-shelf circuit boards from market, if there is a problem with the circuit board, you need to contact the circuit board supplier and report the problem to them, if they can’t find the cause or are unwilling to improve the problem you reported, then your product problem will not be solved. So if you custom PCB board, You can solve your printed circuit board problem at any time, if you want, so your after-sales service can be better.
  7. Better reputation: If you custom PCB board, your product performance better and with better after-sales service, you can build a better reputation in your market. Your brand would be more famous, then you to make more money easier.

Disadvantages of Custom PCB

  1. Time longer: you order a custom PCB time is longer than in stock PCB board.
  2. Spend more cost: if you custom quantity is low, usually the PCB board price is higher than stock PCB board price.
  3. Consume more energy: You need to arrange the design of the PCB, that consume your energy at the beginning.

So if it is the first time for you to custom PCB for your product, you can custom some part of your PCB, and buy some in stock PCB from market. Then your product can sell on the market and custom PCB products can move on too. There wouldn’t be market out of stock period.

No matter what is your condition now. if you want to develop your business better. you should start to custom a small batch PCB for your product right now. The custom PCB benefits, we have litsed above. If you custom PCB for small project, you still can learn a lot, such as you can gain experience in customizing circuit boards, operating PCB design project, learn to knowledge of PCB custom manufacturing knowledge. all of those experiences would help you to make your future large PCB custom project go well.

How much does it cost to have a custom PCB made?

There is a wide difference in the quality, dependability, complexity, and cost of PCB. In general, the cost to create a circuit board ranges from 50 cents to $300, depending on your requirements. The cost to manufacture a circuit board depends on a wide range of variables, including the number of layers, complexity, quantity, and components used on the board.

What effect custom PCB cost?

There is many factor effect PCB custom cost, such as PCB size, material, fabrication technology involved, quality control methods etc, we listed them below:

1. PCB size

The panel is the primary raw material used to make PCBs. The total panel size used for a certain PCB project has an impact on the ultimate price. The initial cost will increase as the panel size increases.

2. Materials

2.1 Silkscreen 

The white layer that is put over the solder mask layer is called the silkscreen. Each printed circuit board has personalized letters, numbers, and symbols added by the silkscreen layer. Once the printed circuit boards are produced, a well-designed silkscreen layer will make it possible for them to be easier to comprehend and assemble.

2.2 Soldering Mask

The soldering mask can be any color, however it is generally green. The copper layer is covered by the soldering mask, which serves as an insulator. To ensure that the copper traces are protected from contact with other metals, solder, or conductive materials, insulation is required. There are four primary types of soldering masks; if you’re unclear which one is appropriate for your application, speak with the maker of your printed circuit board.

2.2 Copper

The board is covered with copper foil in various thicknesses. One ounce of copper per square foot is the typical copper thickness for printed circuit boards. Although certain boards need larger copper layers, in general you want to pick the thickness that will provide your circuit board the best performance.

2.4 FR4

The fiberglass known as FR4 is normally the most widely utilized foundation material used in most printed circuit boards. Your printed circuit board is thicker and more robust as a result. FR4 comes in a variety of varieties with various characteristics, and the thickness may be raised to allow for flexibility.

2.5 PTFE (Teflon)

PTFE is a kind of plastic substance utilized in high-speed, high-frequency applications because it offers no resistance. Due to its exceptional flexibility, PTFE is indispensable in applications requiring precise tolerances. Additionally, because of how light it is, it may be employed in a variety of sectors. Additionally, it is resistant to flames, strong physically, stable at all temperatures, and adaptable in use.

2.6 Isola and Megtron

designed to function in digital products that must survive a wider range of temperatures and have greater signal speeds and signal integrity requirements. As signal rates rise, several resin solutions that lie between between FR4 and Teflon are also utilized.

2.7 other metal

PCBs continue to employ the conventional aluminum, alloy, iron, etc. materials. Surface Mount Technology (SMT) may be used with these materials to integrate components. They also offer mechanical toughness. Consequently, metal base PCBs have a substantially longer product life.

3. Surface Finish

The PCB application regions are hostile, hence the boards are shielded with corrosion-resistant surface treatments. Options for highly specialized surface treatment, coating, and painting are available to increase the PCB assembly’s robustness. Several gold and silver treatments are available to manufacturers upon request in order to obtain increased protection for use in demanding industrial applications. Depending on the surface finish you select, the price varies.

4. vias

The PCBs typically have partially filled vias. However, some clients require that the vias be completely filled for certain particular applications. In these circumstances, the fabricator completes the task using specialist non-conductive or conductive material. This procedure will raise the price of the PCB by 10% or more.

5. Drilling number and size

The size and number of drill holes are a crucial cost-determining element in the manufacture of PCBs. Projects that need for drilling a hole that is smaller than 0.012 in diameter will cost more. This is because drilling tiny holes may need sophisticated laser drill methods from manufacturers. Drilling additional holes with smaller diameters will require manufacturers to modify their production methods and technology, which might increase project costs by 10% to 20%.

6. Special Part quantity

Your charges will go up if you have parts that need special handling, such as those with unusual lead lengths, height restrictions, or strange spacing. You may reduce the cost of manufacturing by redesigning your printed circuit board to employ common components and processing needs.

7. Quantity

Your final price will depend on the total number of PCB boards you purchase as well as the requested batch size. It makes sense to order more printed circuit boards to cut prices, but batch size is a factor that is frequently ignored when calculating expenses. Although many businesses opt to make their printed circuit boards in smaller batches, you should speak with your PCB manufacturer to determine what batch size would most effectively balance productivity, quality, and turnaround.

8. Components Packages Required

There must be a precise procedure followed in order to attach each sort of component package to the board. Purchases of circuit boards with intricate, sensitive, or many component packages may result in a considerable rise in both your expenses and manufacturing expenses.

9. component packages size

You may minimize your expenses by using component package sizes that adhere to industry norms.

10. Number of SMD and DIP

Your PCB design’s overall component count will directly affect the manufacturing expenses as well. You may reduce PCB expenses by making sure your circuit board design is as effective as feasible.

11. Components Placement

The location of your components might raise the price of your printed circuit board. By reexamining the placement of the components in your design, you might be able to lower the price of your printed circuit board.

12. PCB board assembling method

There are three methods for putting together printed circuit boards: surface mount technology (SMT), through-hole technology(THT), or a hybrid of the two. Surface mount assembly is less costly and quicker to produce than through-hole soldering for the construction of printed circuit boards. This is due to the fact that through-hole assembly calls for drilling the exposed PCB and maybe hand soldering. Through-hole assembly is frequently used because it forges a more solid physical bond with components. Key transformers, capacitors and connectors that may require a more lasting connection are often connected using through-hole soldering in an assembly that combines surface mount and through-hole PCB assembly processes.

13. Testing Requirements 

If you request quality control testing cover entail examining numerous distinct components, this can potentially increase your expenditures. Depending on the sort of circuit board you are designing, you can have a variety of alternatives. For the best testing choices, speak with the maker of your PCB.

14. Potting

In some situations when the printed circuit board may be exposed to a lot of vibration, moisture, or humidity, potting is required. Depending on the application, you might be able to choose a coating for PCB that need to be potted as a less expensive choice.

15. Coating

There are various solutions available if your PCB need a coating, and you might be able to choose one that is less expensive. When selecting your coating substance and application, consider the batch size, if the boards will need to be reworked, or repaired.

16. Material and Layers number of PCB

If you are able to use a thinner PCB board or cheaper material for your application, your bare board might help you save money. Costs are affected by both the board’s thickness and the number of layers. There are several options for material, so be careful to pick the most affordable one that will still work well for your purpose.

17. BOM

You may find out what might be consuming your payment than required by looking at your bill of materials (BOM). You can check if any parts can be replaced with less expensive alternatives by looking at the bill of materials.

18. Shipping cost

The more quantity you order, the average shipping cost on each PCB unit would be cheaper.

19. Delivery time

The delivery time is shorter usually the PCB cost would be more expensive.

So many factors effect PCB custom price, so check your PCB design, we hardly to tell you what is your PCB cost. if you need a PCB quotation for reference. welcome to contact us, our email:, we would quote your according to your request free of charge.

How to reduce cost on your PCB custom project?

PCB Design

Understanding how your PCB are designed is the greatest place to start if you want to reduce the cost of printed circuit boards. The kind of surface, the shape and size, and the required number of layers are the main determinants of PCB costs.

If your PCB has a complicated form, is excessively huge, or is so complicated that special tools are needed, you should think about redesigning it. Costs will be greatly reduced if your manufacturer accepts just conventional board sizes and shapes. Look for specific rings, cuts, slots, or holes that could be able to be removed when assessing the intricacy of your printed circuit board.

Testing requirement

You must always test and check PCB to minimize or reduce the quantity of printed circuit boards that reach the final customer in order to prevent costs from declining. If your testing is inconsistent, you can see lower earnings from refunds and a decline in customer confidence. For you and your business, quality management and testing will reduce long-term risk. Your printed circuit boards can be tested in a variety of methods, and the cost of testing will vary based on their complexity and intended use.

Ordering larger quantity

Due to economies of scale, manufacturing in big quantities lowers the cost of assembly. In other words, the price of each unit decreases dramatically when production scales up, which also lowers the cost of printed circuit boards. This choice may not be relevant to those who want a printed circuit board for a personal project or a commercial prototype, but it is relevant when mass production prices need to be reduced.


The choice of material is a crucial step in the production of printed circuit boards (PCBs), which can affect the performance and longevity of the board as well as the range of applications. In order to save costs, packaging might differ depending on the materials it employs. The appropriate packaging of some electrical equipment or components takes extra time and effort. As a result, components may need more or less work and assembly, which directly affects price.

You may examine a list of every component used to make the PCB by creating a thorough bill of materials (BOM), which enables you to decide which elements might be replaced in the future to cut expenses. A solid bill of materials will show you immediately where costs may be cut and offer substitute parts for each component.

Why custom PCB with us?

  1. Quality warranty- Our PCB board 100% pass test. ONLY the PCB pass test can been shipped to customers. The PCB quality is more reliable, you order from us.
  2. One stop Service – We not only can fabricate PCB and PCBA according your design files, but also we can Reverse clone PCB,  sourcing hard-to-find components, mold making, turnkey assembly for you.
  3. No MOQ limited – Even you just need one piece PCB, we also can make for you.
  4. Strong Capability – We can make PCB from 1 layer to 54 layers for you.
  5. Excellent team – Our company own an excellent team, it contains 60 engineers and 240 workers in PCB manufacturing industry work over 22 years ensure your PCB board quality.
  6. On time delivery – We can guarantee the lead time, if we can’t deliver on time, we accept penalty. Work with us, you don’t worry about the delivery delay any more.

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