A Systematic Guide to Order PCBs Online

A Systematic Guide to Order PCBs Online

Ordering printed circuit boards online involves a number of steps. What are the steps involved in ordering PCBs online at Twisted Traces? The below given are all the required steps that will help you buy PCBs online without any hassles.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Ordering PCBs Online

Want a transparent PCB online quote? What do you require— PCB fabrication or PCB assembly? Whatever be your choice, it is now easy to order PCBs online following these steps:

Step 1 :Go to “PCB Online Quote”

There is an option to get a PCB online quote on the top menu of the website. Else, you can click here to go to the page directly.

Step 2: Select Your Option— PCB Fabrication Services or PCB Assembly Services

If you choose PCB fabrication services, a PCB fabrication calculator opens up. Here you will be required to enter the following information:

  • PCB Part Number: This is the PCB fabrication part number.
  • Board Type: Under these, there are three options— Single Pieces, Panel by Customer Design, and Panel by Twisted Traces
  • Layers: You can choose between 4 options— 1-2, 4, 6, and 8 layers. These indicate the number of copper layers in the board.
  • Board: In this field, you have to enter the length (Y) and width (X) of the board.
  • Quantity of Board: These are the number of boards required for your order.
  • Different Design in Panel: This indicates how many different designs of PCBs will be there in a panel. Twisted Traces charges extra if there are different PCB designs in one panel. There are no extra charges if the panel features two different boards of the same design
  • Material: It is a base material for the PCB.
  • Board Thickness: This indicates the thickness of the PCB. There are four board thicknesses indicated— 0.031ʺ, 0.062 ʺ, 0.093 ʺ, and 0.125 ʺ.
  • Outer Layer Copper Weight (Finished): This is the outer layer copper weight. There are two options provided— 1 Oz and 2 Oz.
  • Inner Layer Copper Weight: This is inner layer copper weight. You can choose from 0.5 Oz, 1Oz, and 2 Oz.
  • Surface Finish: These surface finishes protect your PCB from external elements, and thermal variations. There are four choices offered— HASL Leaded, HASL Lead-free, ENIG Immersion Gold, and Immersion Silver.
  • PCB Fabrication Lead Time: Here, you need to choose PCB fabrication lead times. Twisted Traces assures the fastest PCB fabrication lead time in the industry – 2 days, 3 days, and 5 days – depending on the complexity of PCBs.

In addition to the above fields, there are a few more important fields to be addressed, including the following:

  • Minimum Tracing/Spacing
  • Minimum Hole Size
  • Solder Mask Sides
  • Solder Mask Colors
  • Silkscreen Sides
  • Silkscreen Color
  • Full Design Rule Check
  • Impedance Control
  • Blind and Buried Via Present

After choosing the appropriate options, you can click on the calculator on the right-hand side of the page. The online PCB calculator will instantly provide you costs of PCB fabrication. You can also use the PCB fabrication calculator to know the costs of individual elements.

If you choose PCB assembly services, a PCB assembly calculator will open up. A few important features of the PCB assembly calculator are:

  • Assembly Part Number: This is the part number of the assembly.
  • Assembly Service Order Type: Twisted Traces provides three types of assembly services – turnkey, kitted or consigned, and combo. For turnkey assembly, Twisted Traces will supply parts, however, for kitted or consigned the customer must supply parts. For combo, the customer will provide some parts, and some parts will be sourced by Twisted Traces.
  • Assembly Service Lead Times: We assure one of the shortest assembly service lead times – 2 days, 3 days, 5 days, and 7 days.

In addition to these, the form also comprises other important fields including the following:

  • Boards Quantity to be Assembled
  • Unique SMT Parts
  • SMT Placements
  • Fine Pitch Placements (<50 MILS)
  • BGA/QFN/Leadless Placements
  • Unique Through-Hole Parts
  • Through-hole Placements
  • Board Type
  • Assembly Sides
  • Lead-free RoHS

In addition to these fields, you can also add technical information on assembly in the field— Detailed Information of Assembly. This will help us understand your requirements efficiently.

Our transparent and updated online PCB calculator will help you calculate the costs of PCB fabrication and PCB assembly service instantly. Once you place an order with us, you can be rest assured that we will provide you with high-quality PCBs that satisfy all your requirements.


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