One-stop PCB Assembly Service - Makerfabs

One-stop PCB Assembly Service - Makerfabs

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 board assembled with components such as resistors/ capacitors/ IC, to make the whole circuit board works as intended. After the PCB was designed, the files can be sent to PCB factories for production. Meanwhile, after components sourced, and then installed on the PCB, and finally programming, testing…

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

Makerfabs provides the turkey PCBA service from PCB production, components sourcing, PCB assembly, soldering, programming, testing to end shipping. With this service, the electronic designers do not need to suffer from these very detailed works such as soldering the prototype board and thus can concentrate on creating and designing works.

Makerfabs PCB Assembly Services Advantages:
  • Focus on PCBA prototyping& small batch production, 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 with top quality, visual inspection + 100% functional testing;

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

There're many kinds of PCBs, vary from the board materials, 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 has good heat dissipation than FR4 PCB, which makes 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 PCB boards would be the solution, normally only for Professional high-frequency electronic engineers.  
Bellows some PCB( or 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/Rogers PCB, is very complex and hard to list the details, please contact your project manager or for detailed info and Spec/ Productivity checking.

2. Make a PCB order

If only bare PCBs needed, there're many PCB online shops, 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 PCBs, and special requests, it would be easier to contact your project manager or to check and quote for you.

3. Makerfabs PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) Service/ PCB 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 a quotation. For PCB Assembly work, please send us:
  • PCB Gerber Files(RS-274X), and the specs such as color/ pads finish/ layers, etc.
  • BOM Files, some reference links 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 the 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 to test all the PCBA boards to ensure you 100% pass.
  • Other Files that you want us to know to avoid mistakes in the production.
2. Makerfabs will make you a quotation in 1 working day. 
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 your project and PCBA in production.
5. Packing and Shipping, customer’s checking and feedback, then projects closed if all OK.

Makerfabs PCB Assembly Service Capabilities

● FR4 PCB                 
● Aluminum PCB
● FPC/ Flex PCB       
● Rogers PCB
● 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 account: and notify your project manager about this payment;
  2. Ask your project manager to send a PayPal request; 
  3. By purchasing the same amount of PCB assembly service at Makerfabs official online 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 PCBA production without waiting for the bank confirmation.

As Lead time, for PCBA 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 project.

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

5. Testing & Quality Control

With more than 5 years' experience in PCBA Production, Makerfabs treat the quality as the most important factor in our business, to ensure the final boards quality, Makerfabs acts strictly as quality control as:
  • PCB production: All PCB circuit boards are E-tested after production; for mass production, we may test them with the testing fixture(testing jig).
Makerfabs PCB etesting video:
  • Components: Makerfabs cooperated with the official components distributor, or Mouser/ Digikey/ Farnell, to avoid bad/ fate components. For electronic components that substitute brands will be used, normally for resistors/capacitors/connectors, Makerfabs will mark them in the quotation sheet, let the 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 project DFM and notify the customer if any modification needed. Before the PCBA mass production, golden samples will be produced and tested. Mass production will be only done after the 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 circuit boards work perfectly as hand to the customer. Our engineers will programming/ test all the assembled boards, as the customer's testing requests/methods.

    Makerfabs cherish every relationship with customers and serves every customer by heart. Makerfabs would be 100% responsible for the mistakes/ faults in the production. If there are indeed some problems in our production that lead to your loss, you can directly contact your project manager or to request re-production or even refunded.

    Makerfabs would be glad to hear your suggestions/complaints if not satisfied, and your recommendations 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 agreeing.
Besides, Makerfabs can assign NDA files to the 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, variety from PCB, PCB Assembly, kits, to the final product solution. 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 PCBA OEM/ ODM cases, please refer to Makerfabs services cases show:

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