Makerfabs One-stop PCB Assembly Service

Makerfabs One-stop PCB Assembly Service

August 08, 2019

Makerfabs One-stop PCB Assembly Service

PCB & PCBA at Makerfabs

What's PCB and PCBA?
PCB(Printed Circuit Board) is a conductive pattern formed on conductive material according to the engineers’ design, there only traces/holes/layer on it,  but without any components installed; While the PCBA(PCB+ Assembly) means bare PCB assembled with components such as resistors/ capacitors/ IC, to make the whole board works as intended. After the PCB was designed, the files can be send to PCB factories for production. Meanwhile, components sourced, and then installed on the PCB, and finally programming, testing…

But this is not actually an easy work, there're many process for create a working board, especially for a maker& startup…

Makerfabs provides the service from PCB production, Components Sourcing, Soldering, Programming, Testing to end shipping. With this service, the electronic designer do not need to suffer from these very detailed works such as soldering the prototype board, and thus can concentrate on the creating and designing works.

Makerfabs PCBA Advantages:
  • Focus on prototyping& small batch, more than 100 cases /month;                                                 
  • Friendly with Makers/ Start-ups/ R&D;                                                     
  • 20+ engineers for DFM/ Testing and Costing down works;                                                               
  • 6 years' experience on IoT/ Smart Home/ Arduino/ Raspberry Pi ;
  • PCBA Top quality, visual inspection + 100% functional testing;

1. The PCB Materials: FR4/FPC/Aluminum/Rogers…

There many kind of PCBs, mainly:
  1. FR4: The most common used Material for PCB.
  2. FPC: Flexible Printed Circuit is a thin insulating polymer film that conductive circuit patterns are printed on, the most advantage for FPC is flexibility, which allows it to be the connection within a compact space or parts that need to bent. Also check the differences between Rigid-flex PCB and Flex PCB with stiffener.
  3. Aluminum board: The Aluminum PCB have good heat dissipation than FR4, which make it suitable for boards that need quick/large heat dissipation, such as the LED Boards.
  4. Rogers: When advanced electrical properties and performance are critical, such as Dielectric, dielectric constant, Rogers boards would be the solution, normally only for Professional high frequency electronic engineers.  
Bellows some PCB(PCBA), with FR4/FPC/Aluminum/Rogers:
FR4 PCB BoardFPCAluminum boardRogers PCB Board

Makerfabs FR4 PCBS Specs:

Multi Layers:
Surface Finish:
Hasl Lead Free/ ENIG/  Silver
NPTH/ PTH/ Blind Vias/ Buried Vias/ HDI
Special process:
Half-holes/ Golden finger
Board Color:
Green, Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Black, Matte Black, Purple, Support  Customizing
Silk Color:
White/ Black
Max Size:
80x80 cm
Out Layer Copper Thickness:
1 oz/ 2oz/ 3oz
Inner Layer Copper Thickness
0.5 oz/ 1oz
0.4/ 0.6/ 0.8/ 1.2/ 1.6/ 2.0/ 2.4
PTH hole Tolerance
Thickness Tolerance:
+/- 0.1mm
NPTH hole Tolerance
Minimum Track Space:
6 mil
Minimum silkscreen text width:
6 mil
Minimum PCB track width:
6 mil
Minimum pads Space:
6 mil

As the specs for FPC/Aluminum/Roger, is very complex and hard to list the details, please contact the project manager for detailed info and Spec/ Productivity checking.

2. Make a PCB order

If only bare PCB needed, there many PCB on-line shop, that can make you complete a PCB order in 2 minutes. In Makerfabs, you can:
  • Fulfill the PCB specs and input the gerber files at the PCB prototyping page, at Makerfabs->PCB Prototyping.
                                                 Makerfabs PCB Prototyping service
  • Checking out, with PayPal.
  • Waiting for your PCBs arrival, total lead time less than 1 week.
Of course, for complex PCB, and special requests, it would be easier contacting our project manager to check and quote for you.

3. Makerfabs PCBA(Printed Circuit Board Assembly) Service

Makerfabs PCBA Service
If a fully assembled PCBA needed, few steps to Order PCBA from Makerfabs:
1. Send your request to or  for quotation. For PCB Assembly work, please send us:
  • PCB Gerber files(RS-274X), and the spec such as color/ pads finish/ layers, etc.
  • BOM Files, some reference link or Digikey/ Farnell parts number would be helpful for our quotation. Check the 5 Tips In BOM When Asking PCB Assembly Price Estimate
  • Files for the soldering such as parts mapping for pick-n-place machine, or a simple mapping for hand soldering. (Check 5 Common Problems In PCBA Manual Soldering if you have trouble in manual soldering.)
  • Programming/ Testing method, Makerfabs will help testing all the PCBA to ensure you 100% pass.
  • Other files that you want us know to avoid mistakes in the production.
2. Makerfabs make you quotation in 1 working days. 
3. Customers checking on the quotation and confirmation, and negotiation if needed. Refer the How To Check The PCBA Quote From Shenzhen PCBA Factory
4. Makerfabs works on the project production.
5. Shipping, customer’s checking, and projects closed if all OK.

Makerfabs PCBA Capabilities

● FR4 PCB                 
● Aluminum PCB
● FPC Flex PCB       
● Roger
● Customer Consign
● Makerfabs Sourcing
● Mixed
● <24 hours
SMT Assembly:
● 0201/0402/0603/0805/1206
● BGA >0.3mm pitch
THT Assembly:
● Manual Soldering
● Wave soldering
● Atmel                     
● ARM                     
● IPC-A-610F class 2 
● ISO9001
● 100% Visual Inspection
● 100% functional Testing
● X-Ray Inspection support
Production Lead time:
● 2~3 weeks
One-Stop Service:

4. Payments & Lead time

Makerfabs accept payment:
1.  PayPal. 
For payments less than $1,000. As you confirmed the quotation, you can:
  1. Sent the Payment directly to our PayPal: and notify your project manager about this payment;
  2. Ask your project manager send a PayPal request; 
  3. By purchasing the same amount of PCBA service at Makerfabs official on-line store: For example, the quotation $500, you can directly purchase 500 pcs($1/ pcs) of the PCBA service.
2. Wire Transfer:  
For payment >$1,000, wire transfer would be cost-effective. Leave a bank slip to your project manager, so we can start the production without waiting for the bank confirmation.

As Lead time, for prototyping production(<50 pcs), 12 working days needed, and 15 working days for mass production. The detailed lead time depends on many factors such as the components sourcing difficulty/ testing time, so the final lead time many altered for each projects.

Makerfabs will keep customer in touch in the whole process of production, or customer can check with your project manager anytime.

5. Testing& Quality;

With more than 5 years' experience in PCBA Production, Makerfabs treat the quality as the most important factor in our business, to ensure the quality, Makerfabs acts strict as quality control as:
  • PCB production All PCBs are E-tested after production, for mass production, we may test them with fixture.
Makerfabs PCB etesting video:
  • Components. Makerfabs cooperated with the official components distributor, or Mouser/ Digikey/ Farnell, to avoid bad/ fate components. For components that substitute brand will be used, normally for resistors/capacitors/connectors, Makerfabs will mark them in the quotation sheet, to let customer know the detailed components used. All components will be double tested before the soldering:
    Makerfabs components checkingMakerfabs components quotation sheet
  • DFM and Prototyping. Makerfabs engineers will check every single projects DFM and notify customer if any medication needed. Before the mass production, golden samples will be produced and tested, mass production will be only done after sample was confirmed by customers.
    Makerfabs DFM and prototypingMakerfabs DFM and prototyping 1
  • 100% visual inspection: For quantity >100 pcs, AOI inspection, according to IPC-A-610E and GB2828 sampling standard;
    visual inspectionMakerfabs AOI inspection
  • Programming& Functional Testing. Makerfabs provide fully functional testing to ensure all the boards works perfect as handing to customer. Our engineers will programming/ test all the boards, as the customer's testing requests.
Makerfabs cherish every relationship with customers and servers every customers by heart. Makerfabs would be 100% responsible for the mistakes/ faults in the production. If there is indeed some problems in our production lead to your lost, you can directly contact your project manager or to request re-production or even refunding.

Makerfabs would be glad to hear your suggestions/ complains if not satisfied, and your recommends to your friends with your satisfaction.

6. Security

Your originality and all design files security stored& protected at Makerfabs. Makerfabs promise:
  • None release any design files to any 3rd party without customer’s agree .
  • None release/ leakage the originality anywhere, include Internet/ Paper/ Conference.
  • None release customer contacts to any 3rd party without agree.
Besides, Makerfabs can assign NDA files to customer, to protect customers’ intellectual property legally.

7. PCBA OEM/ ODM Cases

In the past 5 years, there more than 500 projects produced at Makerfabs, Mainly projects on IoT/ Smart Home/ Educational..
1.)  SmartPID Temperature Control
SmartPID Temperature ControlSmartPID Temperature Control 1SmartPID Temperature Control 2
2.) Pets for kids educational:
Pets for kids educationalPets for kids educational 1Pets for kids educational 2

3.) Skin360 , for skin cares:
Skin360 , for skin cares 1Skin360 , for skin caresPCB Board of Skin360
For more cases, please refer to Makerfabs cases show:
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