PCB Manufacturing FAQ
Q: How long has Pad2Pad offered PCB fabrication services?
A: Since 2004, we’ve manufactured PCB’s for large and small businesses, hobbyists, and students.
Q: What is PCB fabrication?
Q: What makes Pad2Pad better than other PCB fab houses?
A: That’s just it – we aren’t just a fab house! Pad2Pad is the all-in-one provider that you can use for everything PCB-related. We provide free design software, fabricate your boards, perform full assembly in-house and ship your PCB’s via UPS.
Forget about using different companies for design, fabrication, assembly, and even parts procurement. We are your one-stop shop for creating custom circuit boards.
No games, no gimmicks, no stress.
Q: What PCB fabrication capabilities does Pad2Pad have?
A: For build options and fabrication capabilities, take a look at the chart on our PCB Fabrication Services page.
Q: Is there a minimum or maximum number of units for a fabrication order?
A: No minimum, no maximum. We deliver quality PCB’s no matter how many you need.
Q: What is PCB prototyping?
A: A PCB prototype is generally one board or a small batch of boards for a new design. Pad2Pad’s PCB prototyping service allows you to create a few boards at low cost to test your design without placing a full order.
Q: Do you assemble PCB’s?
A: Yes! We offer full assembly services and even maintain a list of stocked components in our software so you can view our inventory in real-time.
Q: Which third-party file formats do you support?
A: Pad2Pad supports Gerber X2 and Extended Gerber RS-274X. You can place Gerber orders on our website.
Q: Do you offer Quickturn PCB’s?
A: You can request a 4-day quick-turn when placing your order in our software. Select Job | Settings | Advanced Settings. More settings will populate including a text box under Special Requirements. Here, you can indicate that you want to request a 4-day quick-turn on your PCB order.
If you’d like to request a 4-day quick-turn with a Gerber file, go to our instant quote web page. Choose Design Data Format | Gerber RS-274X | Place Gerber order. Then indicate that you want to request a 4-day quick-turn in the comments box.
Q: What testing procedures does P2P use on my ordered PCB’s?
A: We use flying-probe testing for low-volume or prototype orders. For high-volume PCB production runs, we use fixture testing.