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Product Description

Student Special - PCB Designing

This special is ideal for students looking for an inexpensive option for taking care of a 2-layer PCB designing project up to 50 square inches. At least 1 board (plus any extras that were manufactured) will be shipped within 5 business days of the date the order is placed. To be eligible for this web special, you must register with a school/university email address.

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Manufacturing Specifications

Quantity 1
Layers 2 (or 1, if desired)
Lead Time 5 Business Days. To learn more about how lead time is calculated, read this.
Maximum Board Size Up to 50 square inches per board (for this specific offer). Maximum board size must be less than 22.5 inches in height and 16.5 inches in width (maximum manufacturing capability).
Minimum Board Size Minimum dimension in height or width is 0.35 inches. Total board area must be greater than 0.4 square inches (i.e. smallest square board allowed is 0.64 x 0.64 inches).
Minimum Trace and Space Etching resolution is 0.005” minimum trace width, 0.005” minimum space width.
Inner Layers N/A. There are no inner layers for this product.
Soldermask Color = Green. Top and Bottom
Silkscreen Color = White. Top and Bottom
Surface Finish HASL (Lead). Learn more about Surface Finishes.
Soldermask Pad Tolerance Pads on the soldermask layers are grown by 0.003” on all sides. As a result, very fine pitch surface mount components may not include any soldermask between the pins.
Material Dielectric material is FR-4 with a glass transition temperature of 135 degrees Celsius. Outer layers begin with 0.5 ounces of copper, then during through hole plating, up to 1 ounce of copper may be added to the outer layers. Thus, the total outer layer copper is between 0.0017" and 0.0021". If the board is 1 layer or does not have plated through holes, then the outer layer copper may be as low as 0.0014”, since less plating is required. The total board thickness will be 0.062".
Dielectric Constant The dielectric spacing 0.057” with a dielectric constant of 4.58 +/-0.2.
Plated Holes Boards are manufactured with 2 (or 1) copper layers. All holes with copper pads on the top and bottom are plated through, while holes without a copper pad on the top or bottom layer are non-plated.
Hole Sizes & Quantity All hole sizes between and including 0.010” and 0.247” are available, up to tolerance. Limit number of holes to less than 50 per square inch.
Hole Tolerance These sizes are the finished hole diameters after plating. Holes 0.014” or smaller may be filled with solder and can only be used as via. The tolerance of 0.015” to 0.020” holes is +0.003 / -0.005. The tolerance for the other hole sizes are +/-0.003”.
Hole Location Tolerance Hole location tolerance is +/-0.003”.
Minimum Hole Distance The distance between plated holes of different nets is dictated by annular rings and trace/space. Plated holes of the same net and non-plated holes should be at least 0.005” apart.
Internal Slots and Cutouts Not Allowed
Perimeter Slots Board perimeters are cut to shape using a 0.078” router bit. Slots in the perimeter must be 0.100” or wider. Narrower slots may not be cut correctly.
Perimeter Routing The edges of the board are cut with an accuracy of +/-0.010”. A minimum of 0.020” blank space is recommended between the perimeter and all features on the board. Traces placed closer than 0.010” to the board’s edge may be routed off.
Temperature All boards can survive standard reflow, while RoHS compliant boards are able to survive RoHS reflow. The maximum operating temperature is 125 degrees C.
Electrical Test Not Available
Other Controlled Impedance, Blind/Buried Vias, Countersinks/Counterbores, Arrays (Tab Rout, Breakaway Tabs, Mouse Bites, etc), Scoring, and Beveled Edges are NOT available with this product option. When required, please request a custom quote here.

Additional Resources

Design Rules Our standard design rules and standards assist PCB Designers with configuring basic design rule checks. Available Here
DFM Report Upload your PCB design files and receive an instant Design for Manufacturability (DFM) report. Our free, automated tool identifies possible production issues prior to manufacturing. Available Here
PCB Design Software PCB Creator is a free, easy-to-use PCB design software allowing for the design of 2 and 4 layer PCBs. Available Here
Online Tools We offer a variety of free online tools to assist you in the PCB design and manufacturing process including an Array Calculator, a Panelizer Tool, Material Library, Surface Finish Chart & More. Available Here
Blog Follow our Blog for helpful posts on PCB design. Available Here
Help Center Questions? Check our Help Center for self-service answers to common questions, or Submit a Request and we’ll be glad to help out! Available Here

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  1. Thanks for speeding up the order 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th May 2017

    I was on a tight deadline that needed to be met and thanks to Bay Area staff and Jesse I was able to get a little earlier than what was planned.

  2. Good board 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th May 2017

    Board was exactly what was expected despite strange shape of design

  3. This board was fan-diddly-tastic 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Mar 2017

    I am working on a group project at Oregon State University with a very limited budget and we needed to incorporate a PCB. Bay Area Circuits was able to provide a high quality PCB for cheap, and was able to ship it out quicker than I imagined. If I ever need to order another PCB I will be choosing Bay Area Circuits

  4. Fast shipping, high quality PCB 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Mar 2017

    First time using for school assignment, fast shipping and high quality PCB

  5. Awesome product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Feb 2017

    Im really happy with the board i purchased. The board was ready in less time than requeried(4 days) and they ship it right away. Also the delivery carrier(UPS) was punctual with the shippping method i order(3 day shippment). And finally when i got the board it was all i excepected and more, to be honest the quality is out of this word, very professional, very consistent with what the DFM Results shown to me and the details are just amazing, in my opinion this is close to perfection.

    This is the first time ever i use a manufacturer to do my board and i am truly satisfied with the result. I recommend and encourage you to try this service and experience the good quality of the whole thing.

    P.D: This board is made for my graduation project for the electronic engineering degree and i'm sharing my good expirience with Bay Area Circuits in my country(Guatemala) and in my thesis as well. Thank you very much!

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