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Metal Core PCB By Feature

Aluminum Metal Core PCB

What distinguishes the Aluminum Metal Core PCB from other materials? It’s normally for LEDs because they can handle the heat well in situations where the appliance is on all the time.

Heavy Metal Core PCB 2

Copper-backed PCBs are commonly referred to as Heavy Metal Core PCBs. Copper PCBs are the most widely used type of PCB. When it comes to substrates, there are two options: very thick or very thick.

Multilayer Metal Core PCB

Multilayer Metal Core PCBs are increasingly being employed in commercial applications. A variety of functions are powered by our Multilayer Buried Via Metal Core PCB and Multilayer Blind Via Metal Core PCB.

Flexible Metal Core PCB

Flex PCB, Rigid-Flex PCB, and Flexible Metal Core PCB all have their own set of benefits. The removal of connectors is one of the most wanted aspects for flex PCBs. Reduces production effort.

Prototype Metal Core PCB

If you need to build a PCB that requires a lot of power, consider PCBTok’s Prototype Metal Core PCB service, which includes UV type silkscreening. This ensures the good quality of your PCB.

HDI Metal Core PCB

HDI Metal Core PCB is undoubtedly needed. We can create HDI PCBs on a variety of substrates. Our premium PCBs have a copper layer that extends their longevity, particularly critical for High Density Interconnects.

Metal Core PCB By Material (6)

  • Rogers Metal Core PCB

    When Rogers PCBs are involved, you think of Microwave technologies and ATE testing (chips). This company also offers a variety of FR4 substrates. Rogers Metal Core PCB also uses Rogers 6000 series (ceramic).

  • Taconic Metal Core PCB

    Your Taconic Metal Core PCB can be made with Taconic RF-35, Taconic TLY-5, or Taconic TLY-5A. Because it lowers signal loss, this PCB is used for devices that require ICs, such as microcontrollers.

  • Shengyi Metal Core PCB

    Shengyi Metal Core PCB refers to products using Shengyi’s S1000-2, S1141, and S1150G materials. These have good thermal performance (high Tg), conductivity, and are also very cost effective.

  • Isola Metal Core PCB

    The IS41material, which is a normal FR4 substrate material, can be known as Isola Metal Core PCB. It’s a heat-resistant material that can withstand temperatures of up to 180 degrees Celsius, so that’s a plus.

  • CEM Metal Core PCB

    The CEM Metal Core PCB is a less expensive solution that can disperse the heat. We manufacture CEM-1 and CEM-3 printed circuit boards. Both are believed to be a safe and cost-effective substitute for FR4 materials.

  • FR4 Metal Core PCB

    For PCB manufacturing, FR4 Metal Core PCB covers all types of UL-certified flame-retardant FR4 PCB material. We make certain that the material is worthy—resistant to the situations where semiconductors are commonly found.

Metal Core PCB By Copper Thickness (6)

  • 1 oz Metal Core PCB

    FR4 PCBs are likewise more 1 oz in weight. As a result, 1 oz Metal Core PCB is popular and well-organized. It’s everywhere in fundamental applications and gadgets, thus it’s mass-produced.

  • 2 oz Metal Core PCB

    The 2 oz Metal Core PCB was designed with higher current applications in mind. You can use this for power module setups. This thicker copper product maximizes the energy efficiency of the product you chose.

  • 4 oz Metal Core PCB

    Because we normally employ complementing surface finishes, the 4 oz Metal Core PCB makes it less prone to damage. Thermal performance can be improved when components are as thick as 2 oz.

  • 6 oz Metal Core PCB

    Another thick copper or hefty copper PCB is the 6 oz Metal Core PCB. It’s a board for plated through holes, which is still a useful PCB fabrication technique. We can alternatively use SMD technique too.

  • 10 oz Metal Core PCB

    Buyers are drawn to heavy-duty 10 oz Metal Core PCB for a variety of reasons, and some of its rigid kinds are employed in heavy industrial applications. It works well in mines and power plants.

  • 20 oz Metal Core PCB

    It is not a typical order, the 20 ounce Metal Core PCB, Since this is the thickest copper amount. Customers can, however, have them customized. Even if there is a requirement for a high-count PCB layer stack-up.

Metal Core PCB Benefits

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Production Efficiency
Production Efficiency

PCBTok can build your PCB prototypes quickly. We also provide 24 hour production for quick-turn PCBs at our facility.

Fast Delivery
Fast Delivery

We often ship goods by international forwarders such as UPS, DHL, and FedEx. If they are urgent, we use priority express service.

Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance

PCBTok has passed ISO9001 and 14001, and also has USA and Canada UL certifications. We strictly follow IPC class 2 or class 3 standards for our products.

Metal Core PCB Applicability

Most of the customers who buy this PCB use it in industrial applications. But some Metal Core PCBs are also suitable for microwave/RF applications.

  • Built inside computers, it is used in Solid State Relays (SSDs), which have replaced hard drive PCBs
  • Used in Power PCB, it can be AC-DC converter or DC-DC converter; also Amplifier power PCBs
  • Extensively used in lighting, like LED PCB, LED Strip PCB, LED Chaser PCB

Copper thickness can even be customized (all measured in oz).

Metal Core PCB Applicability
Metal Core PCB Strengths

Metal Core PCB Strengths

The perks of adopting this sort of PCB is the flexibility in selecting the material to be used.

You can use Rogers materials of the FR4 materials have limits in heat, like when you need a high TG material.

HDI, or High-Frequency, High-Speed capability, is also very good.

Lastly, specialized Heavy Copper can also improve the durability of digital devices.

Multiple HDI interconnects are available with these Metal Core PCBs.

They’re ready to use in today’s popular wireless applications.

Metal Core PCB Manufacturing Competence

Metal Core PCB multilayer boards have long been regarded as critical components in electrical equipment.

That is, unless you require RF or microwave frequency-specific substrates. In those cases, refer to our Ceramic or PTFE boards

High TG, high power, and heavy metal are all covered by out Metal Core PCB competence in manufacturing.

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Metal Core PCB Manufacturing Competence

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PCBTok has the ability to create the greatest Metal Core circuit boards for a variety of devices.

  • Since 2008, we’ve been producing printed circuit boards.
  • A wide selection of OEM PCB components and PCBA services are available.
  • Customer service is available around the clock.
  • PCB experts are available to assist you.

You don’t need to go elsewhere, we have all options open for you for Metal Core PCB.

Metal Core PCB Fabrication

dependable work process

Our methodology is meticulously organized to ensure that your digital gadgets perform to their full potential.

These Metal Core PCBs can also be used for analog devices such as LED applications, motor drivers, encoder PCBs, and so on.

We hire PCB professionals with vast knowledge in the sector, such as PCB engineers and PCB Designers.

We also visit worldwide conferences to learn about Continual Improvement, Kaizen, and other ways for increasing work efficiency.

Satisfaction with High Quality

Metal Core PCBs are highly sought after for their durability and precision.

You can trust a brand that delivers on the market. PCBTok, this is us.

Our PCBs are manufactured in accordance with global standards for Quality Assurance.

ISO: 14001:2015 on environmental standards—we comply with it.

We are completely RoHS compliant. We ship all of our PCBs, big or small, domestically and abroad.

OEM & ODM Metal Core PCB Applications

Metal Core PCB for Commercial Enterprise

You may rely on the suitability of our numerous Metal Core PCBs for commercial use. Especially those having a hard gold or deep silver surface finish.

Metal Core PCB for Solar Power & Energy Generation

Metal Core PCB can be used to generate solar power and other sources of energy. These can be found in power plants and other power stations, for example.

Metal Core PCB for LED Lighting Applications

One of our specialties is LED PCB. We can provide standard PCBs with aluminum material for assembly complies to Metal Core PCB for LED Lighting Applications.

Metal Core PCB for High Power Settings

Metal Core PCBs of all types are the only ones that can withstand continuous use in industrial settings. They can be relied upon to resist continuous use in difficult conditions.

Metal Core PCB for the Automotive Industry

Especially for the lighting in your car, Metal Core PCB is applicable. Compact designs are also very much accommodated with Rigid-Flex or Flex Metal Core PCBs.

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We sell Metal Core PCB in big quantities both locally and internationally.

We can outfit both analog and digital devices with these PCBs.

Metal Core PCB Production Details As Following Up

NO Item Technical Specification
Standard Advanced
1 Layer Count 1-20 layers 22-40 layer
2 Base Material KB、Shengyi、ShengyiSF305、FR408、FR408HR、IS410、FR406、GETEK、370HR、IT180A、Rogers4350、Rogers400、PTFE Laminates(Rogers series、Taconic series、Arlon series、Nelco series)、Rogers/Taconic/Arlon/Nelco laminate with FR-4 material(including partial Ro4350B hybrid laminating with FR-4)
3 PCB Type Rigid PCB/FPC/Flex-Rigid Backplane、HDI、High multi-layer blind&buried PCB、Embedded Capacitance、Embedded resistance board 、Heavy copper power PCB、Backdrill.
4 Lamination type Blind&buried via type Mechanical blind&burried vias with less than 3 times laminating Mechanical blind&burried vias with less than 2 times laminating
HDI PCB 1+n+1,1+1+n+1+1,2+n+2,3+n+3(n buried vias≤0.3mm),Laser blind via can be filling plating 1+n+1,1+1+n+1+1,2+n+2,3+n+3(n buried vias≤0.3mm),Laser blind via can be filling plating
5 Finished Board Thickness 0.2-3.2mm 3.4-7mm
6 Minimum Core Thickness 0.15mm(6mil) 0.1mm(4mil)
7 Copper Thickness Min. 1/2 OZ, Max. 4 OZ Min. 1/3 OZ, Max. 10 OZ
8 PTH Wall 20um(0.8mil) 25um(1mil)
9 Maximum Board Size 500*600mm(19”*23”) 1100*500mm(43”*19”)
10 Hole Min laser drilling size 4mil 4mil
Max laser drilling size 6mil 6mil
Max aspect ratio for Hole plate 10:1(hole diameter>8mil) 20:1
Max aspect ratio for laser via filling plating 0.9:1(Depth included copper thickness) 1:1(Depth included copper thickness)
Max aspect ratio for mechanical depth-
control drilling board(Blind hole drilling depth/blind hole size)
0.8:1(drilling tool size≥10mil) 1.3:1(drilling tool size≤8mil),1.15:1(drilling tool size≥10mil)
Min. depth of Mechanical depth-control(back drill) 8mil 8mil
Min gap between hole wall and
conductor (None blind and buried via PCB)
7mil(≤8L),9mil(10-14L),10mil(>14L) 5.5mil(≤8L),6.5mil(10-14L),7mil(>14L)
Min gap between hole wall conductor (Blind and buried via PCB) 8mil(1 times laminating),10mil(2 times laminating), 12mil(3 times laminating) 7mil(1 time laminating), 8mil(2 times laminating), 9mil(3 times laminating)
Min gab between hole wall conductor(Laser blind hole buried via PCB) 7mil(1+N+1);8mil(1+1+N+1+1 or 2+N+2) 7mil(1+N+1);8mil(1+1+N+1+1 or 2+N+2)
Min space between laser holes and conductor 6mil 5mil
Min space between hole walls in different net 10mil 10mil
Min space between hole walls in the same net 6mil(thru-hole& laser hole PCB),10mil(Mechanical blind&buried PCB) 6mil(thru-hole& laser hole PCB),10mil(Mechanical blind&buried PCB)
Min space bwteen NPTH hole walls 8mil 8mil
Hole location tolerance ±2mil ±2mil
NPTH tolerance ±2mil ±2mil
Pressfit holes tolerance ±2mil ±2mil
Countersink depth tolerance ±6mil ±6mil
Countersink hole size tolerance ±6mil ±6mil
11 Pad(ring) Min Pad size for laser drillings 10mil(for 4mil laser via),11mil(for 5mil laser via) 10mil(for 4mil laser via),11mil(for 5mil laser via)
Min Pad size for mechanical drillings 16mil(8mil drillings) 16mil(8mil drillings)
Min BGA pad size HASL:10mil, LF HASL:12mil, other surface technics are 10mil(7mil is ok for flash gold) HASL:10mil, LF HASL:12mil, other surface technics are 7mi
Pad size tolerance(BGA) ±1.5mil(pad size≤10mil);±15%(pad size>10mil) ±1.2mil(pad size≤12mil);±10%(pad size≥12mil)
12 Width/Space Internal Layer 1/2OZ:3/3mil 1/2OZ:3/3mil
1OZ: 3/4mil 1OZ: 3/4mil
2OZ: 4/5.5mil 2OZ: 4/5mil
3OZ: 5/8mil 3OZ: 5/8mil
4OZ: 6/11mil 4OZ: 6/11mil
5OZ: 7/14mil 5OZ: 7/13.5mil
6OZ: 8/16mil 6OZ: 8/15mil
7OZ: 9/19mil 7OZ: 9/18mil
8OZ: 10/22mil 8OZ: 10/21mil
9OZ: 11/25mil 9OZ: 11/24mil
10OZ: 12/28mil 10OZ: 12/27mil
External Layer 1/3OZ:3.5/4mil 1/3OZ:3/3mil
1/2OZ:3.9/4.5mil 1/2OZ:3.5/3.5mil
1OZ: 4.8/5mil 1OZ: 4.5/5mil
1.43OZ(positive):4.5/7 1.43OZ(positive):4.5/6
1.43OZ(negative ):5/8 1.43OZ(negative ):5/7
2OZ: 6/8mil 2OZ: 6/7mil
3OZ: 6/12mil 3OZ: 6/10mil
4OZ: 7.5/15mil 4OZ: 7.5/13mil
5OZ: 9/18mil 5OZ: 9/16mil
6OZ: 10/21mil 6OZ: 10/19mil
7OZ: 11/25mil 7OZ: 11/22mil
8OZ: 12/29mil 8OZ: 12/26mil
9OZ: 13/33mil 9OZ: 13/30mil
10OZ: 14/38mil 10OZ: 14/35mil
13 Dimension Tolerance Hole Position 0.08 ( 3 mils)
Conductor Width(W) 20% Deviation of Master
1mil Deviation of Master
Outline Dimension 0.15 mm ( 6 mils) 0.10 mm ( 4 mils)
Conductors & Outline
( C – O )
0.15 mm ( 6 mils) 0.13 mm ( 5 mils)
Warp and Twist 0.75% 0.50%
14 Solder Mask Max drilling tool size for via filled with Soldermask (single side) 35.4mil 35.4mil
Soldermask color Green, Black, Blue, Red, White, Yellow,Purple matte/glossy
Silkscreen color White, Black,Blue,Yellow
Max hole size for via filled with Blue glue aluminium 197mil 197mil
Finish hole size for via filled with resin  4-25.4mil  4-25.4mil
Max aspect ratio for via filled with resin board 8:1 12:1
Min width of soldermask bridge Base copper≤0.5 oz、Immersion Tin: 7.5mil(Black), 5.5mil(Other color) , 8mil( on copper area)
Base copper≤0.5 oz、Finish treatment not Immersion Tin : 5.5 mil(Black,extremity 5mil), 4mil(Other
color,extremity 3.5mil) , 8mil( on copper area
Base coppe 1 oz: 4mil(Green), 5mil(Other color) , 5.5mil(Black,extremity 5mil),8mil( on copper area)
Base copper 1.43 oz: 4mil(Green), 5.5mil(Other color) , 6mil(Black), 8mil( on copper area)
Base copper 2 oz-4 oz: 6mil, 8mil( on copper area)
15 Surface Treatment Lead free Flash gold(electroplated gold)、ENIG、Hard gold、Flash gold、HASL Lead free、OSP、ENEPIG、Soft gold、Immersion silver、Immersion Tin、ENIG+OSP,ENIG+Gold finger,Flash gold(electroplated gold)+Gold finger,Immersion silver+Gold finger,Immersion Tin+Gold finge
Leaded Leaded HASL
Aspect ratio 10:1(HASL Lead free、HASL Lead、ENIG、Immersion Tin、Immersion silver、ENEPIG);8:1(OSP)
Max finished size HASL Lead 22″*39″;HASL Lead free 22″*24″;Flash gold 24″*24″;Hard gold 24″*28″;ENIG 21″*27″;Flash gold(electroplated gold) 21″*48″;Immersion Tin 16″*21″;Immersion silver 16″*18″;OSP 24″*40″;
Min finished size HASL Lead 5″*6″;HASL Lead free 10″*10″;Flash gold 12″*16″;Hard gold 3″*3″;Flash gold(electroplated gold) 8″*10″;Immersion Tin 2″*4″;Immersion silver 2″*4″;OSP 2″*2″;
PCB thickness HASL Lead 0.6-4.0mm;HASL Lead free 0.6-4.0mm;Flash gold 1.0-3.2mm;Hard gold 0.1-5.0mm;ENIG 0.2-7.0mm;Flash gold(electroplated gold) 0.15-5.0mm;Immersion Tin 0.4-5.0mm;Immersion silver 0.4-5.0mm;OSP 0.2-6.0mm
Max high to gold finger 1.5inch
Min space between gold fingers 6mil
Min block space to gold fingers 7.5mil
16 V-Cutting Panel Size 500mm X 622 mm  ( max. ) 500mm X 800 mm ( max. )
Board Thickness 0.50 mm (20mil) min. 0.30 mm (12mil) min.
Remain Thickness 1/3 board thickness 0.40 +/-0.10mm( 16+/-4 mil )
Tolerance ±0.13 mm(5mil) ±0.1 mm(4mil)
Groove Width 0.50 mm (20mil) max. 0.38 mm (15mil) max.
Groove to Groove 20 mm (787mil) min. 10 mm (394mil) min.
Groove to Trace 0.45 mm(18mil) min. 0.38 mm(15mil) min.
17 Slot Slot size tol.L≥2W PTH Slot: L:+/-0.13(5mil) W:+/-0.08(3mil) PTH Slot: L:+/-0.10(4mil) W:+/-0.05(2mil)
NPTH slot(mm) L+/-0.10 (4mil) W:+/-0.05(2mil) NPTH slot(mm) L:+/-0.08 (3mil) W:+/-0.05(2mil)
18 Min Spacing from hole edge to hole edge 0.30-1.60 (Hole Diameter) 0.15mm(6mil) 0.10mm(4mil)
1.61-6.50 (Hole Diameter) 0.15mm(6mil) 0.13mm(5mil)
19 Min spacing between hole edge to circuitry pattern PTH hole: 0.20mm(8mil) PTH hole: 0.13mm(5mil)
NPTH hole: 0.18mm(7mil) NPTH hole: 0.10mm(4mil)
20 Image transfer Registration tol Circuit pattern vs.index hole 0.10(4mil) 0.08(3mil)
Circuit pattern vs.2nd drill hole 0.15(6mil) 0.10(4mil)
21 Registration tolerance of front/back image 0.075mm(3mil) 0.05mm(2mil)
22 Multilayers Layer-layer misregistration 4layers: 0.15mm(6mil)max. 4layers: 0.10mm(4mil) max.
6layers: 0.20mm(8mil)max. 6layers: 0.13mm(5mil) max.
8layers: 0.25mm(10mil)max. 8layers: 0.15mm(6mil) max.
Min. Spacing from Hole Edge to Innerlayer Pattern 0.225mm(9mil) 0.15mm(6mil)
Min.Spacing from Outline to Innerlayer Pattern 0.38mm(15mil) 0.225mm(9mil)
Min. board thickness 4layers:0.30mm(12mil) 4layers:0.20mm(8mil)
6layers:0.60mm(24mil) 6layers:0.50mm(20mil)
8layers:1.0mm(40mil) 8layers:0.75mm(30mil)
Board thickness tolerance 4layers:+/-0.13mm(5mil) 4layers:+/-0.10mm(4mil)
6layers:+/-0.15mm(6mil) 6layers:+/-0.13mm(5mil)
8-12 layers:+/-0.20mm (8mil) 8-12 layers:+/-0.15mm (6mil)
23 Insulation Resistance 10KΩ~20MΩ(typical:5MΩ)
24 Conductivity <50Ω(typical:25Ω)
25 Test voltage 250V
26 Impedance control ±5ohm(<50ohm), ±10%(≥50ohm)

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Metal Core PCB – The Completed FAQ Guide

A metal core is a common component used in the construction of a PCB. This is the board’s thickest material. It is frequently available in a variety of thicknesses, but the most common are 1mm, 1.5mm, and 3.2mm. This metal layer keeps the board flat, provides rigidity, and allows mounting hardware to be attached. However, unlike a traditional PCB, the exposed side of the board is not coated with a surface finish, and there is no solder mask.

What Is a Metal Core PCB?

A metal core PCB has a core made of aluminum or copper and can be single or double-sided. Although multilayer PCBs are available, their use is limited due to their complexity and inability to be recycled. Metal core PCBs are better for the environment because they are non-toxic, easy to extract and purify, and less expensive to manufacture than polyimide-coated boards.

Aluminum Core PCB

Aluminum Core PCB

Because they have a metal base, MCPCBs are also known as thermal-conductivity-sensitive printed circuit boards. This base metal conducts heat well and dissipates it. They’re frequently found in LED lighting, communication electronics, and LED-based products. Copper-core PCBs are more expensive than aluminum-core boards, but they perform better.

A stepper mortar allows a metal core PCB to move in small steps. The milling head’s speed can be adjusted, allowing it to drill through the metal substrate without damaging the surface. A copper foil sheet is bonded to a PP dielectric layer during this process. Finally, the one-sided CCL is ready. The process concludes with the second drilling of holes in the cured resin.

Those who work in high-temperature circuits will appreciate a metal core PCB. This material quickly dissipates heat, preventing component damage. It also has higher thermal conductivity than copper-core boards. A metal core PCB is also more expensive than a copper core PCB, so opting for a metal-core board is a wise choice for high-end electronic equipment.

How Is A Metal Core PCB Made?

The creation of a copper-clad laminate, which is a sheet of copper plated with patterns, is the first step in this process. Following that, it goes through external shaping processing, which separates multiple products. Because of moisture absorption from the air, the end face of the copper-clad laminate is cut, reducing its insulating properties. The copper-clad laminate is finally cut after this processing is completed.

Copper Core PCB Manufacturing

Copper Core PCB Manufacturing

Copper-core PCBs are more thermally conductive than aluminum, but they are more expensive and heavier. Copper is not widely used in electronics because it corrodes more easily. Furthermore, copper-core PCBs can incorporate a dielectric polymer layer with high thermal conductivity, allowing them to transfer heat more quickly. Another significant advantage of using metal-core PCBs is that they are safer and more environmentally friendly than plastic-core PCBs.

Choosing the right manufacturer for a metal-core PCB is a difficult task due to the abundance of inexperienced manufacturers in the industry. Check to see if the manufacturer uses high-quality copper and aluminum that can withstand high temperatures while protecting circuit board elements. Additionally, ensure that the manufacturer you select has extensive experience in PCB production. Look for companies that provide a complete documentation package.

When designing a PCB, the metal core is the thickest material on the board. This layer gives the board rigidity, keeps the circuit flat, and provides enough thickness for mounting hardware. The exposed side of the metal plate is not surface finished, and there is no solder mask on the metal-core PCB. The board is then subjected to a second drilling process. This procedure involves drilling holes in the cured resin.

What Are the Metal Core PCB Stack-up?

Metal core PCBs are made with an internal layer of metal and combine traditional PCB materials. Typically, this layer is made of copper or aluminum. The top and bottom layers are separated by a metal core. For MCPCBs, stack-up symmetry is critical. Warping and premature failure will occur if the layers are not evenly distributed. The advantages and disadvantages of MCPCBs are listed below.

First, the layers are pressed. Next, the inner layers are prepared for lamination. After the lamination, the layers are checked for defects using an inspection machine. This inspection machine compares a digital image with the original Gerber file to ensure no defects.

Once the layers are assembled, the circuit board will take shape. It is important to note that the process does not end here. Once the layers are bonded together, they cannot be adjusted once the board is finished.

Metal Core PCB Stack-up

Metal Core PCB Stack-up

A metal layer is deposited over the copper layers during the metal core PCB construction process. Metal core PCBs, unlike standard PCBs, do not have plated through holes. These holes have the potential to cause short circuits in the bottom layer. Furthermore, solder can enter the vias during the soldering process, resulting in errors. As a result, it is critical to inspect the metal core PCB stack-up to ensure that it adheres to the design guidelines.

Another advantage of metal core PCBs is their ability to efficiently transfer heat from high-power components. Metal PCBs are commonly used in power circuits, LED lighting systems, and automotive applications. This technology improves overall circuit reliability by enabling efficient thermal management.

This means that the boards can outlast the components to which they are attached. The same holds true for the components. When you use a metal core PCB, you can be confident that your circuit will work properly.

The manufacturing process for metal core PCBs differs from that of glass-weave laminates. The PCBs’ metal backing serves as a large ground plane and heat sink. It also aids in shielding and plane capacitance, both of which are critical in high-speed circuits. Furthermore, metal core PCBs can be made of ceramic material, making them an excellent choice for prototyping and testing.

Aluminum Core PCB Stack-up

Aluminum Core PCB Stack-up

The metal core serves as a heat sink as well. This is advantageous when the board is installed near an electrical source. It is important to remember, however, that when connecting the board to the power source, you should not ground it. You avoid ground loops and direct heat dissipation this way, which helps to keep surface temperatures low. These benefits are driving the popularity of metal core PCBs in today’s electronic circuits.

Complex enclosures and specialty mechanical components are required during the metal core PCB design process. A design tool with native 3D tools for metal core PCBs can assist you in navigating the complex design process. You can also share your metal core PCB designs with other collaborators using the software. You can also use Altium 365, a cloud-based platform for circuit board design collaboration, for metal core PCB design.

What Are the Applications of Metal Core PCB?

A metal-core PCB has numerous advantages in electronic circuits. They provide high thermal conductivity while reducing overall thickness and cost. Furthermore, their rapid heat dissipation makes them ideal for use in defense, aircraft, and submersibles. If you’re unsure about the applications of metal-core PCB, contact a reputable PCB supplier to learn more about the advantages and applications of these circuit boards.

The procedure begins with the creation of a metal-core PCB using specialized software. You’ll want to ensure that the design’s output matches the final product. To create the board, use a design program such as Altium Designer or OrCAD.

After you’ve completed your design, you’ll send a schematic to a manufacturer. Many designers prefer to send their schematics in Gerber format, which preserves the design’s beauty.

The surface finishing options for metal-core PCBs differ. The surface finishing of metal-core PCBs varies depending on the material used, the rate at which the board is assembled, and the surface consistency. Each method has advantages and disadvantages, so it’s best to investigate each one and see which one best suits your needs.

When preparing a metal-core PCB, ensure that all drilling debris is removed from the surface. A hole wall deposit will be unreliable if the drilling debris is not removed.

The primary advantage of a metal-core PCB is its superior thermal dissipation properties. It can effectively dissipate more heat than FR4. High-temperature device design reliability is improved by using metal-core PCBs. The metal core absorbs heat generated by the device and transfers it to the cooler side of the layer without damaging the LED.

LED Lighting Application

LED Lighting Application

What Are the Benefits of Metal Core PCB?

A metal core PCB has several advantages. Its single-sided design is ideal for audio and power supply equipment. A metal core allows power transistors to be mounted directly on the board, saving board space.

Furthermore, a metal substrate can eliminate the need for insulating hardware, improving heat transfer from the circuit to the surrounding environment. It can also allow designers to eliminate entire sections of printed wiring boards and interconnects. Its etching technique enables designers to replace discrete devices with surface mount devices at the board level.

A metal core PCB is an excellent choice for heat dissipation and can be more durable than traditional circuit boards. Its lower density enables it to be used in applications with high switching power, resulting in lower device temperatures. Metal core PCBs, unlike traditional copper-based circuit boards, are resistant to oxidation and high temperatures. Metal core PCBs can also be double-sided for high-advance circuits.

They can be double-sided and layered with other components. Routing can also take place through the metal layer. Multilayer dielectric stacks can be used on one or more layers. Furthermore, the metal layer should be grounded to avoid acting as a monopole antenna. Certain applications may necessitate mourning the metal core to an enclosure.

What is the Difference Between Metal Core and FR4 PCB?

The primary distinction between metal core and FR4 PCBs is their mode of operation. Traces on metal core PCBs do not require vias or large mounting holes. They are manufactured in single layers and proceed directly to circuit imaging without the use of PTH or electroless copper deposition. They are the industry standard for many applications, and both have advantages.

The high thermal conductivity of metal core PCBs is one of their primary advantages. They can function as a grounded-EMI shield as well as a backing layer. However, when using metal core PCBs, you must adhere to the proper design guidelines. PCB layout software, as well as the fundamentals of industry standards, should be the first steps in the process. To understand the differences between metal core and FR4 PCBs, first, understand what they are.

FR4 PCBs are the most common type of PCB. Metal core PCBs are constructed from an aluminum-based base material. Aluminum-based PCBs have a thermal clad layer that effectively dissipates heat and improves overall product performance.

Aluminum PCBs are more commonly used in the LED industry than FR-4 PCBs. Aluminum PCBs have a higher temperature and heat capacity than standard PCB designs.

Aluminum-based base material

Aluminum-based base material

Another distinction between metal core and FR4 PCB is heat dissipation capability. Metal core PCBs dissipate more heat than fr4 boards. FR4 boards, on the other hand, require a topical heat sink to conduct heat away from the circuit. As a result, FR4 boards are commonly used in products that must operate at high temperatures.

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