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MacroFab's Bare PCB Option Helps You Develop Products Faster

By Muirae Kenney  |  June 3, 2024
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At MacroFab, we understand the challenges electrical engineers face during the development phase. Between tight budgets, rapid design iterations, and the need to ensure functionality, navigating the product development process can be a hurdle. That's why we are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new bare PCB board service.

This exciting addition will streamline your design workflow and help you bring your innovative ideas to life faster than ever before. Bare PCBs can be a fantastic option for initial prototyping when you’re not quite ready for MacroFab's full PCBA prototyping process, like when you’re still testing out designs or working through ideas.

This can help you transition to a stage where we can take your design from finalized concept to a complete, assembled board through our US-based prototyping services, and then on to production-level orders when you’re ready.

Why Choose Bare PCBs for Initial PCBA Development?

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Unpopulated PCBs sometimes offer a cost-effective and versatile solution for electrical engineers in the crucial development stage:

  • Reduced Costs: Focus on testing functionality and circuit design without the added expense of populated components.
  • Increased Flexibility: Substitute and modify electronic components as your design evolves, saving time and resources on fabrication costs.
  • Minimized Waste: Catch and fix design errors early on a bare board, reducing wasted materials and assembly costs associated with populated PCBAs.

MacroFab: Your Trusted Partner in PCBA Development

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With MacroFab's bare PCB offering, you can enjoy a seamless and efficient development experience:

  • Expert Design Review: Our experienced engineering team assesses your design file, ensuring manufacturability and eliminating concerns about potential board issues.
  • High-Quality Production: We leverage our network of trusted and reliable vendors to produce your bare PCBs according to the highest quality standards.
  • Full Assembly Integration: Transition from bare PCBs to full PCB assembly within MacroFab's user-friendly platform. This ensures a smooth workflow and allows you to assess design iterations as you transition to production.

Unmatched Variety and Flexibility to Meet Your Needs

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We understand that every PCB design has unique needs. MacroFab's bare PCB offering reflects that commitment with several options:

  • Extensive Standard Board Options: Choose from a wide range of standard PCB specifications and materials tailored to your design requirements.
    • Board Size: Go as small as 1 square inch for those compact designs.
    • Board Thickness: Choose from our standard thickness of 0.062 inches (1.6mm) or customize in increments of 0.0004" (0.1016mm) for your specific application.
  • Advanced Fabrication Processes: Looking for additional functionality? We offer advanced PCB fabrication processes like plated slots, impedance control, blind, buried, and micro-drilled vias to meet your design's demands.
  • Via-in-Pad and Castellations: For enhanced design features, we can accommodate via-in-pad technology and castellations for increased component density and improved electrical connections and performance.

To explore the full range of our bare PCB capabilities, refer to our comprehensive documentation. This document details all the available options for materials, finishes, thicknesses, and advanced manufacturing processes for your custom PCBs.

ITAR-Compliant Bare PCB Manufacturing

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For projects requiring ITAR compliance, we can accommodate your needs for both bare PCBs and fully assembled boards. Our US-built, ITAR-compliant bare PCBs ensure the security and integrity of your sensitive electronic products.

Ready to Streamline Your Development Workflow?

Put your attention on what counts – bringing your innovative ideas to life – by eliminating early roadblocks with MacroFab's bare PCB service. Streamline your design process and

  • Work through layout concepts with ease using our custom PCB boards before committing to populated boards.
  • Test new components and layout changes efficiently with bare PCBs. No need for a full PCBA for each iteration, saving you time and money.

Upload your design files today! Experience the difference a trusted partner can make in your product development journey. See how MacroFab can help you turn your ideas into reality faster than ever before.

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