Service

We provide a PCB design service

We take your new or existing design and convert it to PCB using Open Source tools. From schematic capture and component selection through basic layout and PCB drafting we'll work with you to achieve your design goals.We can also advise on implementing the Kicad design flow in your organisation.

Are there restrictions to Kicad use?

Kicad can be used and distributed freely because of its Open Source nature. The ouput files (Gerber Files) it produces are industry standard and accepted by PCB manufacturing companies right around the world.

We provide a consulting service based around Kicad Open Source software

Our Service:

  • Schematic Capture
  • PCB Layout
  • PCB Provision
  • On demand consulting
  • Private consultant

Schematic Capture

The first stage of any design, creating the schematic that will drive the project. We will create from scratch using your sketch or existing design.

Netlist & Footprint Design

From the schematic to Netlist creation and the assignment of the PCB footprints. We make sure that the layout is accurate and manufacturable.

PCB Layout & Gerber Creation

The PCB layout that will meet your project needs and the Gerber file creation enabling PCB manufacture along with the placement information for assembly.

Why use Monoleto as your PCB design service?

Use us as a design resource for when your own team is already at full stretch or the right skills for the design success are not in place. We can provide you with a defined cost resource enabling you to meet your design goals on-time and on cost.
This may be your first design with Kicad software and it would be easier if you were guided by a team who have already walked that path. Reduce risks by engaging us in your transition program.
Stay focussed on your key skill areas and outsource the PCB design to Monoleto. You may be a skilled hardware or software Engineer but less familiar with the PCB design process. Get the maximum return on investment for your program by staying focussed on your key skill areas and work with us to develop the PCB element of the program.

PCB styles and their uses

Single sided PCB

Originally all PCBs were single sided. There is a base insulating material (normally a resin and fibreglass composite called FR4) with a layer of copper bonded to one side. The design of the circuit is etched from the copper to form the PCB. This style of board is cheap to produce in high volume and is often used in simple toys and games where costs is more important than electrical performance. Any holes drilled in the board will not have plating in them.

Double Sided PCB

A double layer PCB is very similar to a single layer board but it has copper foil on both sides of the unsulating layer. Typically all the component and via holes are drilled through the pcb before it goes into a plating process. During this process, copper is chemically deposited inside the drilled holes so connecting the two copper foil layers. This creates the connections through the board that the tracks will connect to once the PCB is etched. The track patterns for both sides of the board are created by covering both sides of the PCB with a light sensitive film that will harden under Ultra-Violet light. The board is exposed through the photographic film and the hardened areas of etch-resist are formed. These hard areas resist the etch while the rest of the copper is etched away. Finally a protective film is added to both sides of the board (the solder resist) with spaces where there are component pads. In some cases a silk screen layer is used to identify component positions.

Multi-Layer

A multi-layer PCB is a composite construction of single and double sided PCB material bonded together with pre-preg (un-cured FR4). Many boards are 4 layers deep but the technique can be extended up to 32 layers and include heavy copper layers or even aluminium to provide heatsinks. The layers are pre-etched and then assembled on a precisely aligned jig. The entire stack of layers is then baked in a vacuum oven. Once cured the board is processed in a similar way to the double sided PCB. This multi-layered approach allows power and signal to be separated onto individual layers so improving the electrical performance of the PCB.