Category Archives: pcb prototyping

Students guide to electronic product design

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For many university and college students, designing and producing electronic products can be a daunting task. Making a product which will really impress can be tricky, but the process is much easier if you stick to a well-planned product development cycle. We’ve laid out the key stages you need in order to deliver a quality […]


What Are PCB Prototypes and Why Are They Useful For Developers?

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A prototype is the initial, full-size and (hopefully) functional form of a new design. A PCB prototype is the building blocks from which you create this new product. Developing that embryonic concept to a design blueprint, and then from a blueprint to a marketable product is the most difficult task that developers face. In our […]


What is PCB pooling?

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Order pooling can help small scale or specialised operations save money on their PCB and prototype costs by sharing fabrication panel space, tools and machine set-ups. The reasoning behind this cost saving is quite simple and can be best illustrated with an example: If Company A requires one 5×3.1 boards and Company B requires one […]


From Gerber to working prototype – a PCB manufacturing overview

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The electronics industry – just as with marketing… even politics – is often guilty of an over reliance on jargon.  This is also true of the ubiquity across the industry of O.P.As (often pointless acronyms). That’s not to say, of course, that the process isn’t complicated, with many precise stages in the process between your […]


How to find a quality PCB prototype company.

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The electronics world grows exponentially, year on year.  One only has to visit the various trade shows to see how many new uses have been found for electronics, which now underpin the day-to-day operation of all our lives.  Of course, just as electronic engineering evolves… so does the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards.  […]


Use an overseas or UK prototype PCB manufacturer?

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At Hi5 we enjoy many, many collective years of experience in the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards.  We remain prototype PCB production experts, combining home-grown expertise with UK-based levels of quality and control. Of course we keep our collective eyes closely trained on the global PCB industry and are always keen to keep […]


PCB Design Basics

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Printed Circuit Boards are the pulsing heart of all electronic devices.  Their detailed construction may lead people to think they are prohibitively complex items to understand, but to help break down that myth, here at Hi5 we have drawn up a kind of ‘beginners guide’… PCBs 1.01. Printed Circuit Board Schematics Before you manufacture your […]


5 criteria for a quality PCB prototyping company

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As the electronics engineering industry continues to grow apace, so does the PCB manufacturing industry, in tandem, to service its needs. With this comes a wider choice for you, the consumer. On the one hand, more choice should mean finding the right supplier easier, but it can also be a bewildering task. It’s vital that […]


Batch PCB production and other electronics manufacturing processes

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There are myriad processes involved in the manufacturing of electronic products and batch PCB production. The designated manufacture process depends on both the volume of products being manufactured and the materials involved. Most electronics, component and pcb manufacturers choose a production system based on  whether there are a number of identical products being made. Predominantly, […]


Multilayer PCB design and 3D Printing

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Its hard to imagine the likes of Jonathan Ross discussing the elements of multilayer PCB design but, whilst not targeting PCB manufacture implicitly, he was recently seen extolling the virtues of 3D printing on his occasionally-amusing ITV show.  If we might somehow step beyond the strange beard, floppy hair and engorged ego, it is certainly […]