Advanced Circuits, Inc. (ACI)

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Is Error-Free PC Board Design Possible?

PC board design ranks as one of the most important parts of the modern electronics production process. The process itself has changed rather rapidly, and though it was once commonplace for those designing and using them to visit a PCB manufacturer’s facility and work directly with those hired to handle fabrication, such one-on-one relationships are now rare. It is unfortunate because those direct interactions allowed many PC board design teams to guarantee that the plans were error-free and no costly mistakes or delays would result.

Today, a lot of overseas outsourcing has eliminated the one-on-one meetings and factory tours. Does it mean that there are no longer manufacturers who will uphold the standards of the past? The good news is that there are still manufacturers who can offer premier PC board design processes and match flawless production levels of the past. Some even have rapid turnaround times that compete with overseas providers.

Enjoy Optimal Results with High-Quality PC Board Design Tools

Advanced Circuits is a company of that caliber and is one of the most trusted and top-rated companies within the entire PCB and prototype assembly industry. Offering PCB manufacturing (fabrication) and assembly, they are particularly trusted for their PC board design.

Why? It all has to do with the fact that they are a full-service company with decades of experience and an array of services that have been crafted to improve and support any PCB project. These services include free resources such as:

Free PCB File Check – The FreeDFM program enables clients to run a free and fast design assessment of their pre-existing Gerber files or other design files. The software works easily and simply. The PC board design files are uploaded, and then the program evaluates the files and analyzes all essential data, automatically fixing some issues, and generating an easy to read and use report that explains what was fixed and where there may be other problematic issues. Clients who put it to use also enjoy a discount if they run the designs in advance of submitting them.

Naturally, there are many already using industry-preferred file formats, like Gerber files, and the free file checking program available from Advanced Circuits requires exporting these files from the program, uploading via the free online tool, and submitting the email where results should be sent. It takes only minutes, and a quote, discount code, and link to the PDF of the results will appear.

Free PCB Layout Software: PCB Artist – Customers enjoy entirely free access to this advanced software. It is a comprehensive PCB design tool that clients access in an unrestricted format. It is capable of up to 28 layers and includes more than 500,000 parts, a controlled auto-router function, multi-page schematics, and more. Entirely free to use, it is also user-friendly and is frequently described by industry experts as the best PC board design tool. Clients of Advanced Circuits enjoy complimentary use of the program to save money and time while avoiding unnecessary flaws or mistakes. PCB Artist comes with printable tutorials and video options that walk users of every level through the traditionally complex process of PCB design and manufacturing. This means that any concerns about the time spent learning the software or similar issues can be set aside. Instead, a faster and more efficient process for design can be used, and PCBs can even be ordered directly through the software.

Every order the company receives also enjoys the benefits of a complementary engineering file review before the fabrication process is initiated. This ensures that customers never experience the kind of hassles and costly mistakes that so many others have experienced when working with “no-touch” services common to overseas and outsourced projects. In such instances, clients end up paying for unusable work that had correctable design flaws overlooked simply because the designs were unchecked prior to the fabrication processes.

Even More Motivation for Doing PC Board Design with Advanced Circuits

While the many free PCB design resources are more than enough to demonstrate why Advanced Circuits is a preferred provider, there are even further reasons to entrust the PC board design and fabrication process to them, including:

  • No tooling charges – When an order features Standard Specifications, they are glad to waive tooling charges and always cancel out such fees on reorders of Standard Spec as Custom Spec items.
  • No minimum orders – There are no minimum lot requirements, meaning that clients are not forced to invest in huge orders with more PCBs than they might need or used.
  • Not a broker – The company never subs out their work but instead relies on their top-of-the-line, 62,000-square-foot facility that guarantees the kind of quality and speed most want don’t always receive.
  • 24-hour support – Customer service around the clock is great, but they also feature a live tech support team that allows design teams to speak directly with a CAM engineer at any hour of the day or night.
  • Best shipping record – Advanced Circuits has the best on-time shipping record in the industry, and they are now shipping 50% of orders early! In fact, they say they “put our money where our mouth is . . . and we ship Standard Spec orders on time, or they’re FREE!”

So, is it possible to enjoy error-free PC board design using the no-touch approach? The answer is yes, and it is far easier than many think.

There are many reasons to choose Advanced Circuits. It isn’t just the free tools, the fast turnarounds, and the expert help. They also look to partner with their customers during the process of PCB design and manufacture. Offering tools to make everyone’s job easier and more effective, it makes good sense to get in touch with them now. Their instant quotes and easy order tracking guarantee that your firm can obtain top-quality PCBs designed flawlessly and to the most precise specifications – and the order will arrive on time, or it’s free!


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