PCB stencil design | precision laser cutting
All steel stencils are cut on our precision laser stencil cutting machine. All our stencils are of the steel "shim" or "foil" type.
Please note that if laser cut stencils with frame mounting patterns are required, together with aperture editing suitable for production runs, you should not use the Express laser stencil service. In these instances, you should consider using our full service bureau-style laser stencil cutting service. We also regret that we cannot supply stencils mounted on fabric stretched over aluminium frames. Express stencils are shipped on the next working day following order placement. Express laser cut stencils are suitable for all component pitches down to 0.4mm (0.016") and all discrete components down to 0201s. The profile of the Express laser stencil is cut to the size of your PCB, with the addition of a plain border of at least 10 mm on all sides.
Please note that all Express stencils are supplied without any frame fixing holes or fiducials. It is assumed that paste data files will be 1:1 to your PCB pad data. Express laser stencils will be cut with standard feature reductions of 5% from your PCB layout data. If top and bottom stencils are required, request 2 stencils on the order form and pay the lot price for 2 stencils as quoted pads.
If your PCB has been ordered in a standard PCB Train step & repeat panel, then we will step single image paste data to the same pitch. We guarantee that the steel stencil will register perfectly with your PCB panel. When ordering such stencils, enter the overall "x" and "y" dimensions of the step & repeat panel in the Express stencil price calculator.