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ProConduct

Revolutionary technology to produce plated through-holes, which does not require a plating tank or potentially hazardous processing chemicals.

General
     

The LPKF ProConduct® through-hole conductivity system creates new technology for producing conductive through-holes without chemical electroplating tanks or potentially hazardous chemical processing.


The LPKF ProConduct® system is an ideal solution for many in-house rapid PCB prototyping environments. ProConduct® is perfect for low volume production, laboratories or shops where chemical electroplating is impractical, or any circumstance requiring an economical through-hole conductivity solution. Thanks to a parallel process even boards with high hole count are possible.


Easy to handle

LPKF ProConduct® uses a specially-developed conductive polymer to quickly and easily plate vias in just a few minutes. This four-stop easy-to-learn process lends itself well to parallel processing and results in smoothly plated through-holes in a fraction of the time and cost of chemical electroplating.

Perfect Results

The LPKF ProConduct® system plates vias as small as 0.4mm (15mil) up to an aspect ratio of 1:4. Smaller holes are possible under special conditions. The basic process requires only a few minutes for double-sided and even multilayer boards. The electrical resistance of LPKF ProConduct® results in extremely low – approximately 19.2 mΩ, depending on the material thickness.

Key to in-house work

When combined with LPKF ProtoMat circuit board plotter, the LPKF ProConduct® system becomes a key component to an in-house rapid PCB prototyping solution, featuring security, flexibility, and speed.

  1. Mill the board with a LPKF circuit board plotter.

  2. Apply special adhesive film to the surface of a milled PCB and drill the through-holes.
  3. Applying the protective film
    Applying the protective film
    Drilling the board
    Drilling the board

  4. Apply the conductive polymer to the PCB to fill the through-holes, then use the vacuum table to remove the excess conductor.

    Using the squeegee to apply the conductor
    Using the squeegee to apply the conductor
    Flipping the board
    Flipping the board

  5. Remove the film cure the treated PCB in an oven for about thirty minutes.

    Removing the film
    Removing the film
    Curing the polymer in a hot-air oven
    Curing the polymer in a hot-air oven