Our PCB prototype service is among the fastest and most reliable in the industry. At ABL Circuits, we have more than 30 years’ experience in same-day delivery of working test models.
If you need to ensure the core circuits of a PCB design will function as intended on an assembled board, we can get one to you in as little as eight hours. Prototyping is a key part of a complete bespoke PCB service, and a crucial step in preparing your specified circuit designs for a full manufacturing run.
What is a prototype PCB?
PCB prototypes are used across all areas of the consumer and industrial electronics industries. A prototyping stage helps confirm that a circuit design will work as intended once the components are soldered in place on a real board. In short, a prototype PCB provides a robust pre-production proof of concept.
A prototype PCB is often a simpler, more basic version of a finished production board, typically offering fewer advanced features and design flourishes. However, it needs to be an accurate, high quality and fully functional test version of the finalised circuit. At this stage, prototype PCB assembly should mirror the basic design, function and component load-out of the finished production run as closely as possible.
Mistakes or oversights at this stage can prove costly if not corrected before moving on to the full batch PCB manufacturing stage, so it’s extremely important to get your prototyping done right. Fast delivery on prototypes is also of huge value to our clients: the earlier in the process we can observe and correct any potential issues, the more time and money you’ll save on delivery of the finished product.
What’s involved in delivering a PCB prototype?
Developing a prototype version of a PCB circuit and component layout is a way of checking for bugs and issues on a ‘live’ working model of your design. It’s often used as a follow-up stage to a solderless breadboard version, although a skilled engineer will be perfectly capable of producing an accurate prototype PCB from the raw data files. Breadboard circuit tests use clip-in components to test the basic layout and behaviour of a circuit under current. Whether or not you’re using breadboards as part of the overall design process, they’re not seen as a sufficiently robust test on their own. In order to move forward to the full PCB manufacturing stage with confidence, you’ll first need to produce a properly assembled and soldered prototype. Prototyping should always be overseen by an experienced technician who knows exactly what they’re doing. It’s a vital step in the delivery of a full production run for a completed bespoke PCB project, but it’s often a step that needs to be completed to a tight deadline.
Why might clients need a fast prototyping service?
There are a number of reasons a client may want a PCB prototype delivered quickly after finalising their circuit design. These can include:
- Peace of mind at every phase of a project, and especially prior to moving forward with a finalised design to the full batch production stage
- Reduced development timelines, helping lower overall project cost while also speeding up your time to market
- Pressing deadlines – these can come either from customers for faster product supply, or to meet tight booking and shipping timescales for upcoming industry showcases
Why choose ABL Circuits for your next PCB prototype delivery?
When you request any aspect of a PCB design and manufacturing service from ABL, you’ll benefit from some of the fastest data-to-delivery times in the sector. This means prototype PCBs for proof of concept ready in as little as 8 hours, or fully manufactured boards produced within 5 days.
We’re proud to have achieved our leading industry reputation, built up over more than three decades in the field. Moreover, we always stand by our accurate and conscientious work – and we’re happy to guarantee your satisfaction.
For more detailed information about any area of our end-to-end PCB services, please feel free to browse other areas of our site. If you’d like to speak to a member of our team directly about an upcoming project – including under fully confidential NDA agreements where required – then don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Our reputation as one of the country’s most reliable and trustworthy blank PCB manufacturers has been built up through decades of dedication to our customers and the promise that your circuit boards will be delivered “on time, every time”. Whether you are ordering our bare boards or choosing our total PCB solution, we pride ourselves on offering some of the best lead times in the industry, without compromising our quality and service.
Take a look at our online quotation page and see just how competitive our prices are for your blank PCB service needs.
You will benefit from the fastest leadtimes in the UK. Your ABL Circuits PCB’s will be delivered within 5 working days as standard.
Your order will be dealt with promptly by a friendly and conscientious team, committed to providing a high level of service.
You will also benefit from our exceptional 8 hour same day express service for your urgent prototypes.
The knowledge gained from 30 years of experience eliminates your risk in dealing with ABL Circuits.
Your deadlines are critical to you and us, that’s why we guarantee you will receive your boards on time, every time in perfect condition.
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Excellent service, fast and efficient with excellent help during the development of the circuit design. Great pricing structure and very professional.
Ian - MES
First time user of ABL and placed an order for a 4 layer board with 2oz copper on all layers. Order received in 5 days and the quality of the board was excellent. Probably the best quality of board that I have received from using countless suppliers. Would definitely recommend ABL for PCB manufacture and will be using them again for my next PCB request.
We have always had ABL as one of our major suppliers of PCB’s. They have always proved to deliver a reliable and quality service. Combine this with the competitive price and lead time, they are a service that you can trust.