PCB Comparison

Comparison Table for Prototyping PCBoards

Home made PCB Veroboard-stripboard Perfboard Atarado Tube prototyping PCB Atarado Smart prototyping PCB
Ready made component Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Additional work Additional work For tubes only
Mechanical surface treatment No need No need No need
Yes Yes
Cutting to required dimension Simple cutting Simple cutting No need No need
Mostly yes Yes Yes
Wiring No need No need No need
Yes Yes
Supported by EDA software Yes In some cases Yes Yes
Poorly No
Free EDA software In some cases In some cases Yes Yes
Mostly not Mostly not No
PCB socket adapters No need No need On board
Yes Yes
Vacuum tubes support Mostly yes Yes
Depends of software No No No
CNC routing One of processes No No No need No need
Expensive
Photo processing One of processes No need No need No need No need
Very demanding
Toner transfer One of processes No need No need No need No need
Doubtful results
Etching No with CNC No need No need No need No need
Yes
Surface lacquer finish Rarely yes On board On board
Hardly No Mostly not
Tin plating Rarely yes Yes Yes
Rarely No Mostly not