PCB manufacturing has changed over the years. The customer side usually performed most of the designing, prototyping, assembling, and testing. Controlling the production and quality of all steps requires significant expertise and resources only larger companies can allow. Large electronics manufacturing companies have different access to technologies and have been using them for a while. What about smaller ones and even hobbyists? The successful cases were backed by enthusiasts who were great at designing circuits, tracing PCBs, and testing. No matter how good you are, you cannot do all work fast and well enough to play on the market. Therefore, IT services play a vital role in an individual’s daily routine by providing them with a smooth technology experience.
I have been building these small projects for quite some time now and used many PCB building services. Professionally made PCBs brings in a lot of advantages; the one I like most is that I don’t have to get rid of the etching solution after – oh, I have to mention the silkscreen and solder mask finish that you won’t get from DIY PCBs. The professionally built PCBs generally performs better than DIY PCBs. I have used these services in the past – let’s look at them in detail and see which service you should apply for your next project. The first part that we should look at is the order screen and the options they offer. Most DIY projects would only go two layers, but for those who need complicated layer stack up and shielding, JLCPCB offer up to 8 layers while Elecrow and Seeedstudio offer up to 6 layers. In terms of material, Seeedstudio has the most offering having FR4, Aluminum, and Flexible Boards while JLCPCB only has FR4, and Elecrow didn’t state, so I would assume FR4?…