Thoughts on Veroboard for small scale production

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Circuitfreak101, May 19, 2016.

  1. Circuitfreak101

    Thread Starter New Member

    Apr 13, 2016
    I know in general people generally get a PCB made after prototyping on Veraboard but for simple circuits I can't see what what advantage a PCB would have for my project as the circuit is simple, stable and is very strip board friendly with only a few cuts.
    I know it won't look totally pro but is there any reason a product shouldn't be made with veroboard ?, I'm talking small signal low bandwidth audio here, not digital or high speed video boards.
  2. crutschow


    Mar 14, 2008
    A Veroboard should be fine for low frequency analog or digital circuits as long as the layout and ground scheme are carefully done.
    PCBs are used for low frequency circuit prototypes mainly for easy of assembly and a neat appearance.
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  3. AnalogKid

    Distinguished Member

    Aug 1, 2013
    And repeatability. While using a pc board does not eliminate the possibility of assembly errors such as solder bridges or incorrect component placement (resistor in a diode space, etc.), it does greatly reduce the possibility of wiring errors.

    Every now and then I'll see photos of some home brew project on standard green perf board and the assembly is gorgeous. Other times a home made pc board is a mess . Reliability comes from experience and technique, but customers rarely can see past the perf board.

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  4. MaxHeadRoom


    Jul 18, 2013
    What you could use to make the project a bit more fool proof and provide an initial trace removal in the Veroboard is to use one of the development programs aimed at perf board.
    LockMaster is a good one, but has limited saving etc in the free version.
  5. Alec_t

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 17, 2013
    Just use an opaque conformal coating and your customers won't even see the board :).
  6. mcgyvr

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 15, 2009
    define "small scale production" 2 pcs, 50 pcs, 100 pcs?
    You can pick up circuit boards cheap now out of China,etc..
  7. Marcus2012


    Feb 22, 2015
    I'm with AK here. I am a strong advocate of stripboard but as he says it can very rapidly turn into a complete mess if it's not planned properly. I would steer clear of prefboard entirely, it's just nasty. I tend to go through a few iterations while stripboard planning to try and make sure I've got the most efficient and productive design and, as crutschow says, planning the best ground scheme. Not sure where I got this planning sheet from after all this time otherwise I'd link but it's great help when designing small boards.
  8. MaxHeadRoom


    Jul 18, 2013
    There is also VeeCad but Lockmaster is a touch better I find.