PCB Layer Stack Ups

Last Updated: March 20, 2020
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With the advancement of modern electronics and miniaturization of products, the popularity of multilayer PCBs has grown. The PCB Stack Up refers to the arrangement of copper layers, silkscreen, soldermask, and insulating layers that make up the PCB layout. This PCB Stack Up has become more important as devices get smaller and faster as it is one of the most important part in determining the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) of the final product and PCB.

PCB Layer Stack Ups


MacroFab has a set of standard default PCB layer stack ups for PCBs of layer 2 through 10. Due to complexities of additional layers we do not have a default stackup for PCBs more then 10 layers. Contact us if you need this information.

Multilayer PCBs consist of one or more layers of core and pre preg materials to isolate the copper layers from each other. Core material is a glass-reinforced copper-plated epoxy laminate sheet. This is an already cured FR4 material with a thin copper layer on it. Pre Preg is a reinforcing fabric that is pre-impregnated with the resin. This resin is an epoxy based system and is used as a glue to bind the PCB Stack Up together.

Click here to download the MacroFab PCB stack up datasheet.

For PCBs that have 1oz (35μm) thick copper you will notice that the Copper Foil layer and Copper Plating add up to over 35μm. This is due to the plating process when vias are added to the PCB. The IPC CLASS 2 PCB standard states that via wall plating needs to be a minimal of 0.8mil (0.02mm). The starting thickness of the copper foil is 0.5oz (18μm). After plating the copper foil the final thickness ends up in the range of 38μm to 43μm in thickness.

 Stack Up Related PCB Specifications


Board Thickness Tolerance
Thickness < 1.0mm± 15%
1.0mm ≤ Thickness ≤ 1.6mm± 0.15mm
Thickness > 1.6mm± 10%
Minimum Board Thickness
2 Layer Boards0.2mm
4 Layer Boards0.4mm
6 Layer Boards0.6mm
8 Layer Boards1.0mm
10 Layer Boards1.0mm
12 Layer Boards1.2mm
14 Layer Boards1.4mm
16 Layer Boards1.6mm
PCB FR4 Material Specifications
Board MaterialTG-170
Loss Tangent @ 1MHz0.016 – 0.020
Loss Tangent @ 1GHz0.012 – 0.014
Dielectric constant permittivity @ 1MHz4.3 – 4.5
Dielectric constant permittivity @ 1GHz3.8 – 4.0
Lead FreeYes
Soldermask Material Specifications
Type2 Component Liquid Photoimageable Soldermask
Insulation Resistance (Initial)2.8 x 10¹³Ω
Insulation Resistance (Conditioned)2.5 x 10¹²Ω

PCB Material Datasheets


Below you can find the datasheets for the materials that are used to create your PCB.

Click here to download the FR4 datasheet.
Click here to download the R-500 GHB Soldermask Datasheet

Custom PCB Stack Ups


In the PCB Specifications section of the Design Tab of the PCB interface you can choose from a default set of standard stackups or specify a custom stackups if your PCB Assembly requires it.

Custom stackups require a custom quote at this time and can not be instantly quoted through the platform.

In the Custom stackup section, you can also specify the material used for your substrate. At this time FR4-TG175, Rogers 4003C, Rogers 4350B, and Rogers 4450B is supported in the platform. If you require material or a stackup that you can not define in the interface please let our support team know so we can get you a quote for your PCB Assembly right away.

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