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Why Choose IBE as Your Rigid Printed Circuit Boards Manufacturer?

We are known as the leading PCB manufacturer in China. Since 2005, we have over 18 years of experience in providing Rigid Printed Circuit Boards manufacturing services. Providing one-stop PCB and PCB manufacturing services, IBE promises to meet your customized demands at an affordable price with high-quality products. Feel free to ask if you have any questions regarding Rigid Printed Circuit Boards manufacturing services.

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Aluminum Board

2 Layers Aluminum Board

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Thermal Conductivity: 4.0W/km
  • Layer: 2L
  • Thickness: 1.0mm
  • Copper thickness: 2oz
  • Surface finished: HASL LF
  • Min. drill: 0.5mm
  • Min. Track/Space: 6/6mil
  • Application: Consumer Electronics

4 Layers Rigid-Flex PCB

4 Layers Rigid-Flex PCB

  • Material: FR4+PI
  • Technology: Rigid + Flex
  • Layer: 4L
  • Thickness: 1.6 mm
  • Copper thickness: 2oz
  • Surface finished: ENIG
  • Min. drill: 0.15mm
  • Min. Track/Space: 4/4mil
  • Application: Consumer Electronics

8 Layers HDI PCB

8 Layers HDI PCB

  • Material: FR4 TG170
  • Technology: Buried and Blind Via
  • Layer: 8L
  • Thickness: 3.2 mm
  • Copper thickness: 2oz
  • Surface finished: ENIG
  • Min. drill: 0.15mm
  • Min. Track/Space: 3/3mil
  • Application: Telecommunications

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Custom Rigid Printed Circuit Boards Services- IBE Electronics

How to Get Rigid Printed Circuit Boards From IBE - Easy Steps

Are you looking for a custom Rigid Printed Circuit Boards manufacturer? IBE is here to offer you all that you want. Contact us for a quote and place an order using the steps that we will share below. Alternatively, you can directly contact us at ibe@pcbaaa.com.

Here are the steps that you can follow to get a quote:
Step 1: Enter the PCB assembly quote page and feed in your circuit specification and assembly requirements. Thereafter, you can upload the Gerber file and BOM. Click submit.
Step 2: An assembly quote is sent to your mail within a day or two. Give your feedback on the quote.
Step 3: Once agreed on the offer, you can then place an order and release payment.
Step 4: After the BOM confirmation and DFM check, production commences.

Generally, you just need the following files to get a quote:

  • Gerber file.
  • BOM.
  • Essential documents.

1. Rigid Printed Circuit Board Prototype
A prototype is merely a sample version of the final PCB design. The main role it plays is in testing performance and functionality.

In order to come up with a rigid PCB prototype, the designer starts with a schematic of the circuit while using special software. This is then changed to a physical design layout.

The design layout goes onto a copper-clad board via a procedure known as etching. This leads to the non-copper areas being removed from the board. The copper traces that stay will connect the electronic components on the board.

Testing of the PCB prototyping ensures that it is working according to the specifications of the client. Errors and issues in the design are typically noted and dealt with before the final rigid printed circuit boards are produced.

After the approval of the prototype, the final PCB is fabricated and manufactured in large quantities.

2. Rigid Printed Circuit Board Design
IBE has experienced designers who can create customized designs for different clientele needs. Give us your requirements and we will accomplish the rest.

3. Rigid Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing
We manufacture customized PCBs, including rigid printed circuit boards using several materials, including Teflon, Rogers, and FR-4.

4. Rigid Printed Circuit Board Assembly
IBE assembles your custom PCBs using surface-mount, through-hole, and mixed technology components.

Process

Rigid Printed Circuit Boards Manufacturing Process

The complete Rigid Printed Circuit Boards manufacturing process is based on the design package that makes the circuit board in physical form. Following is the process of Rigid Printed Circuit Boards which starts with the design and ends with testing:

Step 1: Pre Production Engineering

According to the manufacturing data and requirements provided by the customer, our engineers will compare it with standards and capabilities to make sure compliance and conduct related checks.

Step 2: Photo Plotting

A laser photo-plotter can be used to plot a film for each individual layer. A laser photo-plotter is a tool used to create photo-tools for solder mask and silkscreen.

Step 3: Imaging and Develop or Etch

This process applies the primary images such as pads and traces onto the circuit board. Here is what to do in this step: Apply photo imageable to the copper panels. Furthermore, image the panels using LSI. Etch off the whole exposed copper from the panel. Strip the remaining Dry Film and just leave the remaining copper pattern for the inner layers.

Step 4: Automated Optical Inspection

AOI basically inspects different layers of Rigid Printed Circuit Boards before laminating all layers together. The optics compare the PCB design data to the actual image on the panel.

Step 5: Oxide

Oxide is a chemical treatment to inner layers before lamination for multi-layer PCBs. It is an important step to increase the roughness of copper to enhance the laminate bond strength.

Step 6: Lamination

To produce Rigid Printed Circuit Boards, different layers of epoxy-infused fiberglass are laminated together. The presser and heat cause the fiberglass sheet to melt and tightly join the layers together.

Step 7:Drilling

All PCBs need some holes to link copper layers, attaching components and mounting the PCB. We can drill holes using some advanced drilling systems. Furthermore, these have a design for the fast removal of chips in abrasive materials.

Step 8: Electroless Copper Deposition

After drilling, manufacturers deposit a thin coat of copper on the exposed surfaces of the panels chemically. Furthermore, they deposit a copper coat on the hole walls using electroless plating.

Step 9: Dry Film Outer Layer

After copper deposition, you must apply the outer layer images to prepare the panel for electroplate. So we can utilize a laminator machine to coat outer layers with the dry film. The dry film is a photo imageable material.

Step: 10 Plate

The electroplating process involves copper plating onto the conductive pattern. Plus on the hole walls of the PCB as well. The thickness of the plating is around 1 mil. After copper plating, you need to deposit a thin layer of tin plating.

Step 11: Striping and Etching

After completing the plating process on the panel, the dry film remains. Then, removing the uncovered area of copper by tin. So traces and the pads around the holes and copper patterns remain there. At last, remove the remaining tin that is covering holes and traces chemically.

Step 12: Surface Finish

It is the last and final chemical process to manufacture a multilayer printed circuit board. Solder mask covers almost all circuitry. So the surface finish prevents oxidation of the remaining exposed copper area.

Faq

Rigid Printed Circuit Boards FAQ

Rigid Printed Circuit Boards are a form of circuit board that are solid and inflexible in their structure and therefore cannot be bent or flexed.

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Medical Devices
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Industrial Automation
  • Consumer Electronics

Yes, we provide a complete quotation with an estimated delivery time for Rigid Printed Circuit Boards manufacturing service.

Yes, we can provide a Rigid Printed Circuit Board sample (based on request).

Yes, we can stock the Rigid Printed Circuit Boards.

Once we receive all the details about your Rigid Printed Circuit Boards fabrication quote, we would review your quote, check about material availability, complexity of quotation, and quantity, and then based on all the requirements, we provide our customers lead time of Rigid Printed Circuit Boards fabrication.

You can email us at ibe@pcbaaa.com or call us at +86-75527629184 within 7 days. We will provide the best possible option to you!

Feel free to contact us : ibe@pcbaaa.com

1.Visit the official website and request for a free quote from IBE Electronics. Enter PCB Assembly Quote page, input your circuit specification, assembly requirements, and order quantities, upload Gerber file, drilling file and BOM, then click Submit quote button.

2.A customer service representative will get in touch with you to collect all your requirements and quote the best possible deals for you. Assembly quote will be sent to your email inbox within 1-2 working days. Please give feedback on the quote.

3.Once the offer is agreed, you will be guided to place the order and release the payment.

4.BOM confirmation and DFM Check will be carried out once order is received. Production begins only after everything is confirmed.

BOM and Gerber files are the essential documents needed for getting a quote. If you have other requirements like functional test, IC test, please provide some documents as well.

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Get a Quick Rigid Printed Circuit Boards Manufacturing Quote

Looking for Rigid Printed Circuit Board manufacturing service? You can use Rigid Printed Circuit Boards manufacturing quote request form and submit information. Alternatively, you can email us BOM and Gerber files along with information on Rigid Printed Circuit Boards volume and type of testing requirements you might have on ibe@pcbaaa.com or call us at +86-75527629184 in case any other clarification is required in respect to our PCB manufacturing services.

Rigid Printed Circuit Boards - The Ultimate Guide

Rigid printed circuit boards, otherwise shortened to RPCBs are a common type of printed circuit board applied in most electronic devices. They are not only cost-effective but also reliable and durable. Rigid PCBs emanate from rigid materials, such as epoxy resin and fiberglass. Unlike flexible PCBs, rigid printed circuit boards don’t bend or flex easily.

Rigid printed circuit boards are used in sturdy structures such as computer motherboards and routers. They have a wide range of applications across different industries.

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What is a Rigid Printed Circuit Board?

Rigid printed circuit boards are constructed using rigid substrate materials such as epoxy resin or fiberglass. The substrate mostly is a flat board with a copper layer on one or both sides. The copper is etched to come up with the right circuit pattern. Components are mounted onto the board through soldering or other procedures.

Rigid Printed Circuit Board
Rigid Printed Circuit Board

Electronic devices that require a fixed shape normally employ rigid printed circuit boards. They have plenty of advantages including better signal integrity, durability, lower cost, and higher component density.

Rigid PCB vs Flexible PCB

There are two main types of printed circuit boards – flexible and rigid printed circuit boards. While a flexible PCB is made of flexible substrate material such as plastic film, rigid printed circuit boards are made using solid substrate materials. Such solid substrate materials neither flex nor bend.

  • Rigid PCBs are used in applications and devices that don’t experience flexing and bending. On the flip side, flexible PCBs are used in applications that depend on a lot of flexing and bending. 
  • Some computer electronics that depend on rigid PCBs include televisions, computers, and others. Flexible PCBs are ideal for medical devices, wearables, and other automotive electronics.
  • In terms of pricing, flexible PCBs are costlier than their rigid counterparts. The comparative advantage they have over rigid PCBs is that they can fit into tight spots. Thus, with such flexibility, you won’t need cables and connectors.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Rigid Printed Circuit Boards

Rigid printed circuit boards have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s start with the advantages:

  • Durability – aside from withstanding high temperatures, rigid PCBs can also withstand harsh environments.
  • Lower cost – not only are rigid PCBs easier to manufacture, but also cost less than their options.
  • High density – they can hold up more components, which makes them ideal for electronic devices.
  • Better signal integrity – less interference and signal distortion when using rigid printed circuit boards.

The disadvantages of using rigid printed circuits boards include the following:

  • Limited design options – rigid PCBs have lesser design options than their counterparts.
  • Limited flexibility – from the name rigid, you can already tell that these PCBs aren’t flexible. This limits where to use them, especially when flexibility and bending is key.
  • Longer lead times – rigid PCBs may take longer to make than their counterparts, which makes the lead times longer.

Applications of Rigid Printed Circuit Boards

Applications of Rigid Printed Circuit Boards
Applications of Rigid Printed Circuit Boards

The common applications of rigid printed circuit boards include the following:

Aerospace and Defense
They are used in communication systems, avionics, and navigation equipment. They withstand extreme temperatures, vibration, and shock. In addition, they meet stringent reliability and quality standards.

Medical Devices
Some of the medical devices that employ the rigidity of these PCBs include pacemakers, monitoring devices, and diagnostic equipment. These PCBs meet patient safety standards.

Automotive Electronics
Rigid PCBs are applied in automotive electronics such as infotainment systems, engine control units, and advanced driver assistance systems. Because of the harsh nature of the environment involving automotive equipment, it is ideal to use rigid printed circuit boards.

Industrial Automation
Industrial automation applications such as control systems, robotics, and sensors utilize rigid PCBs. They are preferred because they can handle vibrations, humidity, and high temperatures.

Consumer Electronics
Rigid PCBs are ideal for consumer electronics such as tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, televisions, and smartphones, among many others. The good connectivity and support rigid PCBs offer are ideal for consumer electronics.

How to Select a Rigid Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer?

Choosing the right rigid printed circuit board manufacturer is imperative to the sustainability of your business.

Rigid Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer
Rigid Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer

1. What is a Good Rigid Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer?

Some of the factors that you need to consider when selecting a good rigid PCB manufacturer include the following:

  • Customer service – the manufacturer that you choose has to have good customer service. This makes a big difference and smoothens the customer experience. A good manufacturer should be responsive to your needs and have excellent communication channels. They should also be willing to work with you to deal with any problems.
  • Certifications – the manufacturer should have all of the needed certifications, such as RoHS, UL, and ISO 9001.
  • Pricing – compare different quotes from distinct manufacturers to come up with a balanced approach. While pricing isn’t the most important factor to consider, it would still help to get a fair quote.
  • Capacity – the manufacturer should have the capacity to produce the number of rigid PCBs you want within a specified time.
  • Technology – because of the evolving technology behind PCBs, it is important to have a manufacturer who is up-to-date with the latest technological advancements. The manufacturer you choose should be able to produce the type of PCB that fits your business needs. This includes the materials, layers, and any other custom requirements.
  • Experience – the manufacturer should have experience producing PCBs that match your unique needs. This will only take place when they have long-term experience in the industry.
  • Quality – functionality and reliability both depend on the quality of the PCBs. The manufacturer should have a good reputation for making high-quality PCBs. 

2. Rigid Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer – IBE

At IBE, we have been in the PCB and PCBA industry for decades. This long-term experience has led us to understand different clientele needs and work towards accomplishing them. We use the latest technology and best materials when manufacturing rigid printed circuit boards. This assures quality and reliability to our clients. 

To ensure that we meet industry standards, we have certifications including ISO 9001. You can have full confidence and peace of mind when requesting a quote from us. 

3. List of Rigid Printed Circuit Board Manufacturers

Here are five of the leading rigid PCB manufacturers:

List of Rigid Printed Circuit Board Manufacturers
List of Rigid Printed Circuit Board Manufacturers
  • IBE – IBE is a leading PCB manufacturer and supplier of rigid printed circuit boards. We supply various industries including consumer electronics, the automotive sector, and even telecommunications. You are assured of reliable services and top-quality products when you choose to work with IBE. Our long-term industry experience and price flexibility is a plus too.
  • TTM Technologies – you can reach out to TTM Technologies for high-quality rigid printed circuit boards. They specifically serve the medical industry, automotive industries, defense, and aerospace.
  • Unimicron Technology Corp – their products are applied to the aerospace, automotive, medical, and industrial sectors.
  • Nippon Mektron – this is a Japanese PCB manufacturer that has been in the industry for over 50 years. They have produced PCBs for consumer electronics, the automotive sector, and the telecommunications industry.
  • Samsung Electromechanics – they supply rigid PCBs for different industries and products including televisions, laptops, smartphones, and other consumer electronic devices.

How Much Do Rigid Printed Circuit Boards Cost?

The cost of rigid printed circuit boards will depend on several factors and vary from one manufacturer to the next. Some of the factors that can affect the pricing include the number of layers, the size of the board, and the complexity of the circuitry. The materials that make up the board and the quantity ordered can also affect the pricing. 

A ballpark figure for a single-layer rigid printed circuit board would range from $10 to $50 per board. More complicated multi-layer boards can range anywhere between $50 and $500 per board. The exact specifications and customizations may also swing the pricing on either side. 

Also, the manufacturer can affect the cost of the boards. Your location and lead time have an impact on the pricing. It’s a good idea to get several quotes from varied manufacturers so that you ensure you have competitive prices that fit your requirements.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, we do hope that you have understood what rigid printed circuit boards are and how they work. Their areas of application are wide across different sectors. They also have limitations, for which flexible PCBs step in.

At IBE, we are committed to providing you with the best PCBs and PCBA services. As an authority in this industry for decades, we not only have the expertise but also the tools to deliver quality rigid printed circuit boards and other equipment. Talk to us and get a quote today.

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