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PCB Design and Fabrication FAQs: Your Top Questions Answered

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When it comes to Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design and fabrication, you probably have a lot of questions. Whether you’re in Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam, here are some of the most common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers:

1. What is the basic PCB Design and Fabrication process?

The basic steps in PCB design and fabrication are:


-Conceptualizing the board and its components

-Making schematics using computer-aided design (CAD) tools

-Creating the board layout

-Generating production files (Gerber files)

-Fabricating the actual PCB

-Assembling and soldering components onto the finished board

2. What tools do I need to design PCBs?

To design PCBs, you’ll need access to CAD tools, the most popular being:

    • Eagle: Free, open-source tool good for hobbyists
    • Altium Designer: Robust, professional tool used by many companies
    • OrCAD: Intuitive, mid-range tool for small- to mid-sized organizations

3. How do I create the board layout?

In your CAD tool, you’ll place components, route copper traces to connect components, and design the board shape and size. You’ll need to follow design rules to ensure your board can be fabricated. Make sure to leave enough space between components and include references like component designations, values, and pin numbers.

4. What are Gerber files and why are they important?

Gerber files contain all the information needed to fabricate your PCB, including copper layers, solder mask, and silkscreen. They provide the board outline, hole sizes and locations, and trace routing. Fabrication shops will use your Gerber files to produce your finished PCB. So generating accurate, high-quality Gerber files is a crucial step.

5. What's the difference between prototype and production PCBs?

Prototype PCBs are fabricated in small quantities for functionality testing and concept verification.Production PCBs contain a finalized design and are made in larger volumes for end products.Prototypes focus on functional testing and concept verification. Engineers use them to validate the design’s performance and identify any issues.Production PCBs undergo more rigorous testing, including functional, electrical, and quality tests.


And there you have it – a simplified introduction to PCB design and fabrication! While the task may seem overwhelming initially, having a dependable ally like Acton can facilitate a seamless journey.

With Acton’s comprehensive capabilities, rest assured that your design is well cared for, from the initial prototyping phase to mass production.

Acton is your reliable Electronic Components Distributor in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Thus, we serve as your comprehensive solution for all tech projects, guiding you from inception to completion

Acton’s team boasts the proficiency to assist you through any design hurdles or inquiries that may arise. The secret lies in identifying the right partner who comprehends your product needs and can consistently deliver high-quality results on schedule. With Acton, you can trust that your PCB requirements will be fulfilled, leaving you to concentrate on your area of expertise – inventiveness.

Need help with PCB design and fabrication? Reach out to Acton's expert team across Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, or the Philippines.

At Acton, we’re always ready to assist you with your PCB design and fabrication needs. Whether you’re in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, or the Philippines, our expert team is just a call or click away. Get in touch with us today for all your requirements.