Panel utilization and PCBs size constitute crucial factors that affect its price. The number of circuits needed for its corresponding device always determines the size. A PCB meant for something small such as a phone, or digital watch needs fewer components and will be ultimately less costly to manufacture.
However, those meant for a laptop or a computer are often huge and will require a lot of time and other resources. In the manufacture of PCBs, some of the most common dimensions include 18 X 24″ (457 x 610mm) and 18 X 21″ (457 x 533mm).
Another popular dimension that a lot of PCB users highly request is the 21 X 24″ (533 x 610mm) dimension or measurements. The space that gets consumed by the components on a PCB will also affect its price with PCBs with huge dimensions costing more.
For example, a PCB board with dimensions of 18 x 24 consumes more space than an 18 x 21 boards, and a bit costly. In short, the bigger the size of a PCB, the more material that is needed to manufacture it, meaning that its cost will be higher.
However, technology is rapidly changing and impacting how manufacturers try to reduce the size of the PCBs and lower their costs. Put in short, the dimension of a PCB design is one of the main determining factors that impact the overall price of the PCB.
Even if a firm manufacturers small-sized PCBs at high volumes, the total cost is less as opposed to low-volume large printed circuit boards.