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MacroFab Announces Production Manufacturing, 10-Day Prototyping, Updates to Online PCB Platform

We are excited to announce several initiatives that will expand services for our customers while providing globally competitive pricing. We have expanded manufacturing services to a facility in Mexico that enables us to assemble high volume production orders for more customers. With this comes a roll out in our instant quoting interface that includes high volume pricing. We are excited to announce that we offer 10-day prototyping service at our Houston location, and lastly, we have developed a sharper, more intuitive interface that is cleaner but provides more information to customers. These rollouts will make it easier and faster to execute on your project, whether you’re producing thousands of units or need quick turn prototypes.

Production manufacturing

We have expanded our production manufacturing capacity, and have our first international factory in Tijuana, Mexico. These services enable our customers to scale production, while using the same, streamlined experience our platform provides.

For high-volume orders, you can now access instant international pricing through our platform’s easy PCBA quoting interface. Once you upload your files and confirm your BOM, you’ll navigate to the quoting screen. From here, you can see price breaks per unit, and update quantities to view lead times and where your boards will be assembled (USA or Mexico). Read more here

10-Day prototyping

We have launched a 10-day prototype class turnaround for qualifying orders. For orders that meet the the 10-day requirements, a notification will appear on the quoting screen and the shorter lead-time will be displayed. Here’s a list of what types of orders can be produced using our 10-day turn time:

  • Have no more than 50 units
  • Have fewer than 2,000 surface-mount placements (SMT)
  • Have fewer than 20 unique SMT line items
  • No through-hole placements
  • Applies to our standard manufacturing services.

Easier quoting, including high volume pricing

We’ve built a side-by-side quoting screen to compare Prototype and Production service type orders. This screen eliminates confusion by providing clear, and transparent pricing, as well as lead times, and parts and labor costs.

PCB prototype and production pricing available instantly

Easily view prices for Prototype Class or Production Class services

You’ll still see the same pricing at the top of your screen on all pages, which will automatically update, based on the selections you make. Additionally, our 10-day prototype service for simple designs, will expedite your prototyping process. Read more here. 

Bill Of Materials (BOM)

We’ve simplified the overall experience for you, making it faster and easier to manage your BOM, while reducing complexity and providing details that matter.

MacroFab bill of materials screen

Interactive BOM with one-click searching and intuitive, fast filtering.

Here’s a breakdown of features we’ve added to the BOM screen:

  • Visualizing component price breaks
  • Add any component, whether it has a lead-time, or comes from a non-preferred vendor
  • Make bulk operations including group, ungroup, DNP, and delete
  • Lead times for unavailable parts
  • Faster and easier filling out of the bill of materials with automated search results
  • Easy-to-use filtering of the BOM, through pie charts

You now have the ability to buy parts from other distributors for production orders. For parts that are unavailable, we added lead times right in the bill of materials, making it easier for you to update your projected timelines. Read more here. 

PCB and Placement Screens

PCB Screen

We’ve combined PCB Specs, design files and PCB layers, so they are all on one view. This update provides a more accurate representation of what your board will look once it’s built. The PCB screen is now easier to use overall, and provides the ability to quickly address any issues by hovering and selecting layers.

MacroFab, PCB screen with layer view

Review designs quickly and easily.

Additional updates include:

  • Multiple files per layer*
  • Upload zip files of gerbers / BOMs
  • Quickly move layers around, or reassign them as needed.
  • Auto identification of files
  • Layer list is now on one screen

*  If you have 2 files for the same layer (i.e. drill files, paste, silk screen, etc.) – they will be merged and tied to the same PCB layer and you’ll see a list of layers with your files. This will allow for greater flexibility with how you export files.

Placement Screen

The most significant updates on the placement screen are the bulk moves feature and annotations. This feature allows you to nudge everything all at once, enabling the easy fixing of origin issues that can occur with some EDA tools. Additionally, you can now add annotations, and manufacturing notes to specific components – giving you the ability to communicate changes to our team directly through the website, rather than having to email assembly instructions. Read more here. 

MacroFab parts nudge screen

Adjust and review manufacturing data interactively

Redefining electronics manufacturing

MacroFab is redefining the electronics manufacturing experience from a manual, time-intensive, and error-prone process performed by large teams of people, into a real-time, streamlined, and connected software-driven experience. With our globally competitive prices available instantly, and an interface that provides more information in a clearer format, it’s now easier than ever for you to take control of your projects.

For any questions or comments regarding these updates, please email support@macrofab.com

  • Patrick Pelletier

    It’s disappointing to see that a negative (but true) comment was deleted. And he was right: prices do seem to have (almost) doubled. A board that I ordered last month for $21.45 would now cost $37.77. The PCB went up from $8.229 to $16.67, the parts went up from $7.216 to $13.37, and the labor (surprisingly) went up the least, from $6.005 to $7.73. I would be curious to know why such a steep price hike was necessary, especially when it’s mostly not the labor.

    • Hi Patrick, thank you for the feedback, we appreciate it and are always looking for new ways we can better communicate with and serve our customers. The original pricing algorithm we used was developed in 2015, and made a number of assumptions about how customer designs would look, with several tweaks over the years to fine tune it. We have received significant feedback that some aspects of that pricing algorithm were unclear, and customers wanted even more clarity on what drove prices. One of the key areas of confusion was around overage, so instead of averaging it across the cost of the BoM, we now calculate that on a per-component basis. Customers with a higher-cost BoM will usually see a reduction in costs now, and customers with a lower-cost BoM may see a higher cost. Our focus is on extreme transparency in cost drivers, and by showing the true overage, we believe this will help customers to better understand how component choices can affect their pricing. For specifics on your project, and how we can help you to reduce costs, please reach out to us at support at macrofab.com, and one of our team can walk through your project with you.

      • Jeffrey Pace

        The changes are confusing to me. I placed two large (for me) orders a few months ago. One qty 75 price decreases in new algorithm. One qty 135, nearly same BOM, price increases 10%.

        • Iris Weeden

          Hi Jeffrey, thanks for reaching out. Please contact us at support@macrofab.com with your order number and we’ll take a look.