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The most important heavy copper PCB design guide and DFM (design for manufacturing) is the line width and line space for heavy copper PCB, meanwhile the DFM (design for manufacturing) is very important for heavy copper PCB because most of PCB design guides will not meet heavy copper PCB. Lots PCB supplier can manufacture PCB with 3 mil ~ 4mil line width and line space as min trace/space, but it is not meet the requests of heavy copper PCB, 3 mil circuit line width is always for 0.5 OZ or 1 OZ copper layer on PCB, but not for heavy copper PCB (3 OZ ~ 20 OZ copper PCB), you know PCB manufacturer can't do 3 mil line line space for 20 OZ PCB, this is why PCB designer have to consider the DFM.

Meanwhile, you can visit heavy copper PCB and FAQ of heavy copper PCB for more information.

A) Line Space & Line Width on heavy copper PCB

When design the board, you should consider relationship between Minimum line space (refers to Min LS later) and Minimum line width (refers to Min LW later). And to have a bigger value will make the board easier to be made.

Relationship between
copper thickness and LW & LS

Special Parameters
(Much Higher Price)

Copper Min LW Min LS Copper Min LW Min LS
2OZ 0.20mm 0.23mm 2OZ 0.20mm 0.23mm
3OZ 0.30mm 0.30mm 3OZ 0.30mm 0.28mm
4OZ 0.40mm 0.40mm 4OZ 0.40mm 0.35mm
5OZ 0.50mm 0.50mm 5OZ 0.50mm 0.45mm
6OZ 0.60mm 0.60mm 6OZ 0.60mm 0.55mm
7OZ 0.70mm 0.70mm 7OZ 0.70mm 0.65mm
8OZ 0.80mm 0.80mm 8OZ 0.80mm 0.75mm
9OZ 0.90mm 0.90mm 9OZ 0.90mm 0.85mm
10OZ 1.00mm 1.00mm 10OZ 1.00mm 0.90mm
11OZ 1.10mm 1.10mm 11OZ 1.10mm 1.0mm
12OZ 1.20mm 1.20mm 12OZ 1.20mm
13OZ 1.30mm 1.30mm 13OZ 1.30mm
14OZ 1.40mm 1.40mm 14OZ 1.40mm
15OZ 1.50mm 1.50mm 15OZ 1.50mm
16OZ 1.60mm 1.60mm 16OZ 1.60mm
17OZ 1.70mm 1.70mm 17OZ 1.70mm
18OZ 1.80mm 1.80mm 18OZ 1.80mm
19OZ 1.90mm 1.90mm 19OZ 1.90mm
20OZ 2.00mm 2.00mm 20OZ 2.00mm
Min: Minimum
LW: Line Width (Trace Width)
LS: Line Space (Trace Space/Margin/Clearance)


B) Min Plated Through Hole (PTH) Diameter
PTH should be >=0.3mm; copper ring annular: 0.15mm

C: Wall copper thickness for PTH: Normal: 20um-25um, and Max 2-5OZ (50-100um).

D) Max layers: For heavy copper, max layers we can make is 10L.

Board thickness should be >1.6mm for 20OZ copper.
Impedance control, high Tg, are not workable for heavy copper.
Min Via: 0.3mm.

E): Max board size: 400x300mm is the most economical. Bigger size (500x500mm) also workable but cost will be much higher.

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