The cost of PCB manufacturing can be quite high. However, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the manufacturing cost.

  • Order time

If you want a quick turnaround during PCB manufacturing, then it means that you should be prepared to pay more for your order to be processed much faster. However, if you want to keep the PCB manufacturing costs low, place your order in time.

Do not wait until the last minute to place your order. Choose a company that will be able to handle the order volume that you want within a reasonable period of time. Take into consideration your company’s design limits while placing your order.

  • Be sure to test

Testing the PCBs is quite important, so do not even think about skipping this stage during the PCB manufacturing process. Testing ensures that only quality products make it to the market. This reduces cases of refunds and client complaints, which can damage your relationship with your clients.

  • Size of the PCB board

The smaller the board, the lower the cost of PCB fabrication. A big board will require more material hence the manufacturing cost will be higher. Therefore, to keep the cost of production low go for a small board, if possible.

In addition, minimize the number of layers, since more layers increases the manufacturing cost. More layers also increase the turnaround time for manufacturing. Use industry sized boards and components.

  • Drilling

Every single component on the circuit board adds up the total cost of production. This includes the number of holes in the board. The more holes the circuit board has, the more it will cost. Also, the smaller the holes the higher the cost, as more specialized equipment will be required to drill them. The holes require precise drilling particularly when the holes are compacted and the board is thick. So the fewer the holes during the PCB fabricationprocess the less it will cost you.

  • Customization

If you are looking to save money, request for fewer customizations. This is because the more customizations the board has, the more you will have to pay for it. Use components designs from other boards. Also go for a simple and straightforward design.

  • Components

In case you are the one providing the manufacturer with the components to use, ensure the components are on continuous strips. This will require less set up time for the machine.

  • Cost of Material

Though some materials are cheaper than others, your choice of material should not be purely based on cost. Rather, your decision should be based on which material will provide you with the best performance for your product.

Conclusion

The cost of PCB manufacturing process varies widely depending on your requirements. Nevertheless, there are a number of measures you can take to minimize your costs. Being aware of these factors and implementing them will help to lower your overall costs.  But this does not mean that you compromise on the quality of the end product in a bid to save money.