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Irish Manufacturing Expo

January 2018: Beta LAYOUT will return to City West Dublin, to exhibit at this year’s National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition.
The event takes place at City West, Dublin on the 31st January 2018.

Visit our stand (S12-S13) and meet the Beta LAYOUT team to learn more about the complete range of services which we offer – including PCB manufacture and assembly, Laser SMT stencils, custom Front-Panels, 3D printing & 3D MID prototyping.

Register for FREE entry using the link below

TEC Gothenburg 2018

January 2018: We would like to invite you to our first presentation of the year which takes place in Eriksberghallen ,Gothenburg.

Our lecture „From PCB-design to manufacture in high speed” at 9:40 a.m. will give you an advanced preview of new services and you will learn how to get a completed prototype manufactured in the briefest possible time. See you in Gothenburg.


November 2017: Our popular in-house developed software tool "BRD-to-3D" which is extensively used for the output and visualisation of EAGLE 3D data, has broken the sound barrier with over 100,000 uploads!

Since April 2014, our customers have uploaded up to 75 files per day to our server, and have then received the corresponding 3D data free of charge.

We appreciate this great acceptance from our customers and would like to acknowledge the numerous amount of uses.

Beta LAYOUT to showcase new 3D-MID prototype service at EDS 2017.

September 2017: Beta LAYOUT will return to the Ricoh Arena to participate at the Engineering Design Show for a 5th consecutive year.

Meet the team at stand J52 and learn about the entire manufacturing service range which we can provide;

PCB manufacture & assembly with lead-times from 8 hours, FREE SMT stencils with all PCB-POOL® prototype orders. Special technology PCBs – from prototype to production. Custom front-panel manufacture, with UV printing & laser engraving. SMT laser stencil manufacturing, 3D printing & our latest offering 3D-MID prototyping.

This year we will showcase our new 3D-MID prototype manufacturing service. Using 3D printing technology and direct laser structuring we will explain how to transform your 2D PCB design into a 3D-MID (Mechatronic Integrated Device), we will also provide a FREE comprehensive design tool to get your started….

Attend our seminar ‘3D MID Design and Manufacturing’ which takes place on Thursday 19th Oct (12:15-12:55pm) FREE registration is possible using the link below.

Evertiq TEC conference, Lund Medicon Village 28.09.

July 2017: In this year’s TEC Lund conference we will present “3D-MID Prototyping”.

Learn more about the workflow from designing a three dimensional circuit carrier to the ready assembled prototype.

The presentation starts Sept. 28th at 9:55h at Medicon Village. At our stand you can evaluate 3D-MID samples from Beta LAYOUTs production and get more detailed information.

Register for free admission under and join the conference! Free lunch buffet and coffee breaks are provided.

Southern Manufacturing 21st–23rd of March

March 2017: Beta LAYOUT will be exhibiting at this year’s Southern Manufacturing which takes place from the 21st – 23rd of March in Farnborough, Hampshire, England.

Visit our stand (H14) and meet the Beta LAYOUT team to learn more about the complete range of services which we offer – including PCB manufacture and assembly, Laser SMT stencils, custom Front-Panels and 3D printing and our latest offering 3D MID prototyping.

We hope to see you all there!

embedded world Nuremberg

March 2017: As usual we will be presenting our products at one of the most important events of the electronic industry – the ‘embedded world’ fair and conference 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany which takes place from the 14th to the 16th of March. You will find us in hall 4A at stand 248.

What is a 3D-MID prototype, how does one design circuits on 3-dimensional circuit-carriers and how are prototypes produced at Beta LAYOUT? These and further questions will be answered at this year’s ‘embedded world’. Find out about our 3D-MID design software and the subsequent construction of prototypes.

Our team shall inform you about the newest developments within our services PCB-POOL®, Magic-PCB – Embedded RFID, 3D print, SMD stencils and front panel construction.
To receive vouchers for a visit at this year’s ‘embedded world’ go to: and enter the following Code B344413

Smart Systems Integration-Congress, Cork, Ireland, 8-9 March 2017

February 2017: High ranking speakers from scientific institutes and the electronic industry meet at Cork.
Manuel Martin will present details and the latest techniques on how to create and manufacture 3 dimensional circuits on March 8 at 11:30 hrs. Where? Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa, Cork
Please register here:

National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition

January 2017: Beta LAYOUT will be exhibiting at this year’s National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition which takes place at City West, Dublin on the 31st January 2017.

Visit our stand (number 99) and meet the Beta LAYOUT team to learn more about the complete range of services which we offer – including PCB manufacture and assembly, Laser SMT stencils, custom Front-Panels, 3D printing and our latest offering 3D MID prototyping.

Register for FREE entry using the link below:

We look forward to seeing you there!

TEC Göteborg 26.01.2017

January 2017: How to create a 3D-MID prototype - design & the manufacturing process, that is the theme of Gernot Seeger's presentation at the TEC 2017 conference in Gothenburg (January 26th at 10am) The conference which will also include an exhibition will be attended by Beta LAYOUT and over 60 exhibiting companies from the electronics industry.

For the free visit you can register here:

Beta LAYOUT sponsor local soccer club

December 2016: Continuing our support of the local community, Beta LAYOUT recently sponsored Janesboro football club who promote and foster enthusiasm for football within schools and the community.
The junior A team has made a great start to their premier league campaign and we hope this will continue in 2017.

PCB-POOL® is offering the world's first ...

November 2016: ... 3D-MID design software for FREE download.

This is only possible with PCB-POOL®:
Once again we have a unique design tool available for FREE download.
The new TARGET 3001! V18 PCB-POOL version now includes an integrated 3D-MID function. For all engineers, designers and developers who want to try out something innovative, there are now new exciting possibilities:
Designing 3-dimensional circuit carriers!

How does it work? Here is a short guide:

electronica 2016

October 2016: Hall B4, Stand 351

As usual, the latest state of the art technology can be discovered at the Beta LAYOUT stand.

Creating 3D-MID for all!

We present the first FREE of charge 3D-MID-CAD software as part of the TARGET 3001! PCB-POOL® version. The software will be available for download from our website from mid-November. Create your own three dimensional circuit-carrier layout!

3D-MID prototype production at Beta LAYOUT

PCB-POOL® would like to offer you a cost effective and speedy realisation for your 3D-MID designs. We will present our 3D printed circuit-carriers with Laser-Direct-Structuring at the stand.

RFID-Chips: Reading via WLAN

With the help of a RaspberryPi we have developed a very reasonably priced UHF reading device for WLAN applications. There will be live-demonstrations of our new reading device and our Embedded-RFID-PCBs at our stand.

Also to touch and try at our stand: 3D-Print-Patterns, laser-cut SMD stencils, productions samples of flexible PCB-POOL® circuit boards, aluminium core PCBs (IMS).

Discover our latest developments at our stand 351 in hall B4.

World of Technology & Science Utrecht

October 2016: Beta LAYOUT will be exhibiting at this year’s World of Technology & Science (WOTS) event which takes place from the 4th October-7th October, at Jaarbeurs conference center Utrecht, Netherlands.

Join the Beta LAYOUT team at stand 9A024 and learn more about the manufacturing services which we offer including PCB manufacture and assembly, custom Front Panels, 3D rapid prototyping.

For free entry to this exhibition and seminars please register here.

TEC Lund 29.09.2016

September 2016: Beta LAYOUT will once again be attending the TEC (The Evertiq Conference) at the Scandic Star Hotel in Lund, Sweden.

We will display our newest developments regarding 3D printing and electronics:
Attend our presentation “3D-Printing when used in Electronics” at 9.10 am in the conference hall.

Learn more about the complete range of services which we offer at booth 20.
Registration is free.

Electronic Design Show Coventry

September 2016: Beta LAYOUT will be exhibiting at this year’s Electronic Design Show which takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from the 19th – 20th October 2016.

Visit our stand (J62) and meet the Beta LAYOUT team to learn more about the complete range of services which we offer – including PCB manufacture and assembly, Laser SMT stencils, custom Front-Panels and 3D printing.

Register for FREE entry using the link below.

We hope to see you all there!

Beta Prototypes offer two new options for 3D-Printing: Vibratory finishing and impregnation.

July 2016: Our 3D-Print-Shop range is being extended to include two new options:

Your 3D-printed functional components will be made waterproof and pressure-resistant through impregnation. This procedure will also be suitable for thin-walled components.

Would you like your components to receive the perfect finish? Extremely smooth surfaces and thus a classy appearance is achieved by treating your functional components with vibratory finishing.

Beta LAYOUT at this year’s SUBCON

April 2016: Beta LAYOUT will be returning to the NEC to exhibit at this year’s SUBCON.
Come and meet the Beta LAYOUT team at stand F62 and learn more about the manufacturing services which we offer including PCB manufacture and assembly, custom Front Panels, 3D rapid prototyping and our latest service - 3D MID prototyping.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition (UK) 2016

January 2016: Beta LAYOUT will be exhibiting at this year’s Southern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition (9th-11th Feb).

Visit stand number G26 to meet the Beta LAYOUT team and learn more about the manufacturing services which we offer including PCB manufacture and assembly, Front panel enclosures, 3D rapid prototyping and flexible PCBs prototypes - now available in PCB-POOL®.

Free entry is available using the link below.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Electronic Design Show Coventry

September 2015: Beta LAYOUT will be exhibiting at this year’s Electronic Design Show (October 21st & 22nd)

Visit our stand (J44) and meet the Beta LAYOUT team, learn more about the services we offer - including Flexible PCBs prototypes now available in PCB-POOL®.

Register for FREE entry using the link below.

See you there!

USA - Japan - and now Europe: Magic-PCB® receives European patent

September 2015: We have waited for quite some time but it was worth it: next to the US American and Japanese patents we have now also been issued the European patent.

Thus, our circuit board with integrated RFID module now benefits from patent protection in three continents! The RFID embedding process can be used by the electronics industry under license for the identification of circuit boards.

Patent No.: EP 2448379 B1

TEC Lund September 24

August 2015: It is the third time we are joining the Evertiq event at the Scandic Star Hotel in Lund, Sweden.

Gernot Seeger will present at 9:40h how to track and identify electronics with embedded RFID.

Get the latest news about our services like flexible boards which are now available at PCB-POOL ®.

Visit us at booth #20. Free registration

Magic-PCB® obtains UL-certification

July 2015: Two years ago our Embedded RFID technology, named Magic-PCB®, was patented in the USA.

In a continuing process we have eva­luated this technology according the US safety standards for electronic pro­ducts.

By obtaining the Certificate of Compliance from the Underwriters Laboratory we now meet the requirements of the industry.

New: Flexible PCBs in the PCB-POOL®

June 2015: As from 1 June 2015, we can supply you with flexible PCBs, ""Made in Germany", at very competitive prices - thanks to the POOL–POOL® principle.

You can now order your flexible PCBs directly online and receive instant price quotations using our optimized configurator.

All information and technical documentation you require can be found on our „PCB-POOL FLEX“ page.

ISO 14001:2004 Certification for environmental management

May 2015: We have obtained ISO 14001:2004 Certification for environmental management.

Alongside our high quality demands, environmental awareness forms an integral part of our corporate philosophy. That led us to seek acknowledgement of our environmental management system at the same time as we applied for renewal of our ISO 9001 quality management certification. Our environmental performance was officially certified this month.

The Engineer - Design and Innovation Show

May 2015: Beta LAYOUT will exhibit at this year’s “The Engineer - Design & Innovation Show” exposition (June 2nd – 4th)

Our team will be available to answer any questions regarding PCB manufacture and assembly, Laser SMT Stencils, Front-Panels, and Rapid 3D prototyping.

Register for FREE entry using the link below:

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition (UK) 2015

January 2015: We are pleased to announce our participation at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition 2015.

Our engineers will be available to answer any questions regarding PCB manufacture and assembly, Laser SMT Stencils, Front-Panels, and Rapid 3D prototyping.

Live demonstrations at our booth (J28) will include:

MAGIC-PCB® – Learn how to protect, track & identify your products using our patented technology for embedding RFID tags into your PCB.

BRD-to-3D – Learn how to create photo realistic images of your completed PCB, SMT stencil and 3D model with just one click.

Receive a free 3D STEP file, 3D PDF and a laser sintered 3D model for collision checking.

electronica 2014

October 2014: Hall A2, Booth 357: Beta LAYOUT presents the world of electronics in 3D.

Find out first-hand at the stand how to easily compile 3D data of your printed circuit board and how 3D MID is being used in prototype manufacture thanks to laser sintering.

A living ‘3D-print’ awaits you at the stand, represented by a top act from the Berlin arts scene.

Also showcased is a range of innovations in the field of embedded RFID, the unique way of making printed circuit boards identifiable, along with our entire range of products and services.

electronics Design show

September 2014: Beta LAYOUT is pleased to announce their participation again at this year’s Electronics Design show.

Our team will be available to answer any questions regarding PCB manufacture and assembly, Laser SMT Stencils, Front-Panels, and Rapid 3D prototyping.

Live demonstrations at our booth (M24) will include:

MAGIC-PCB® – Learn how to protect, track & identify your products using our patented technology for embedding RFID tags into your PCB.

brd-to-3D – Learn how to create photo realistic images of your completed PCB, SMT stencil and 3D model with just one click.
Receive a free 3D STEP file, 3D PDF and a laser sintered 3D model of the assembled PCB for collision checking.

You can register for a free ticket here:

TEC in Lund on September 25th 2014

August 2014: Meet us at the Swedish electronic industry event in Lund on September 25!

At booth 26 get the latest news about PCB Prototypes, Embedded RFID and 3D data-generation for EAGLE files.

Free Admittance!

Further information ...


May 2014: Our anniversary gift to you:
An extensive 3D package from your *.brd file:

- photorealistic images of your PCB and SMD template

- STEP file with the virtual assembled PCB

- freely rotatable 3D view in PDF format (requires Adobe Reader)

- link to order a laser-sintered 3D print-out of the assembled PCB

- free 3D model of the ordered PCB-POOL® circuit board (FITS-or-NOT) for collision testing in advance

ES Live - 15th May 2014

April 2014: The Beta Team are pleased to confirm we will be exhibiting at the ES Live show in Milton Keynes on 15th May.

You can visit us at booth ES44 to get the latest news and developments including details on our recently launched 3D Visualisation tool for Eagle users.


March 2014: Visit us at the S.E.E exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden April 8th - 10th.

Attend our presentation “PCBs with embedded RFID technology” on Wednesday 9th at C13:36.

The Beta LAYOUT team will be available at stand C02:09 to discuss all products and services.

Highlights on show include our new 3D PCB rendering service and the advantages of Magic-PCB® - embedding RFID chips into your PCB.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition (UK)

January 2014: The Beta Team are very excited about our upcoming exhibition in Farnborough, Hampshire on the 12th & 13th February.
Please pop by and visit the Beta LAYOUT stand (G47) and receive the latest information about all our services and products.

Our team will be on hand to answer any questions regarding PCB manufacture
and assembly, Laser SMT stencils, Front panels, and Rapid 3D prototyping.

The advantages of "Magic-PCB®" - our embedded RFID solution will
be one of the highlights on show.


December 2013: We were at productronica for the first time ... and were very much the centre of attention.

"... That said, the fab presence seems to shrink every year. There were
 clear crowd-pleasers, however. Beta Layout drew attendees to its embedded
 RFID technology, for instance ..."

"... As mentioned earlier, perhaps the most impressive display was that of
 Beta Layout, which has partnered with Schmoll to offer a machine for
 embedding RFID tags. The process involves a robotic placer that picks the
 tags from a reel and places them into cavities routed or milled in a 
standard panel up to 18 x 24". An epoxy dispenser then fills the cavity,
 followed by a 4-minute UV cure. The parts are sized at 3.6 x 1.2 x 1.55 mm 
and the keep-out zone is 10 x 2.3 mm, Tony Shoot of Beta Layout said. The 
chips, from Murata, can be pre-programmed, and come with 512 Mb of memory 
and operate in the 860-960 MHz range. The display drew consistent traffic,
 making it the standout in what was otherwise a somewhat tepid event for
 board fabrication ..."


November 2013: You can receive your layout
"professionally prepared and ready for PCB production"
-> as a PDF preview (with layer function)
-> in Gerber data format
free of charge on request!

Just tell us in your account which option you prefer and you'll receive a PDF preview of the production data generated by us.

So that you can commence mass production using the production data, we'll gladly send you the production data generated by us on request.

You'll receive step and repeat values, or the mounting frame created by us, free with your delivery of the Gerber data.

All you need to do then is use the layer function to switch individual layers on and off. This will make it easy for you to follow signal pathways.

Productronica 2013

November 2013: Embedded RFID – Future Now

World première in Hall B1, Stand 261:

The highlight of the show - we'll be presenting the Magic Application Machine that embeds RFID chips into PCBs on an industrial scale. More details:

Discover live how an embedded RFID can turn your PCB into a data carrier and be identifiable at any time.

Come and meet Doc Brown and his DeLorean on our stand.
The future starts now...

You can request voucher codes for free day tickets at:


Super-fast online assembly

October 2013: Get into production even faster.

We can now assemble your PCBs in a minimum of 4 WDs for you.

We're on the road again!

September 2013: The Beta LAYOUT Team is delighted to announce that we are exhibiting at the following shows over the coming weeks.

National Electronics
Bristol - 25th and 26th September

Engineering Design Show
Coventry - 2nd and 3rd October

Please drop in and visit our stand to learn all about our services and products.

The World Maker Faire

September 2013: The Maker Faire was a great success for Beta LAYOUT’s travelling SMT Solder Workstation.

It was an ideal opportunity to launch our new Reflow Controller and NYC
loved it.

We built over 230 kits with young and old, women and men enjoying the ease of use.

They were expecting over 65,000 people at the Maker Faire and by Sunday evening we felt we’d met them all.

RFID Seminars, IT Tralee & Shannon

September 2013: Alex Schmoldt of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and the IMAR team at the inaugural RFID seminar organised by Beta LAYOUT in Tralee.

The seminar was successful with guests from local businesses and the IT Tralee.

A second seminar was held in Shannon and attended by local businesses and Beta LAYOUT Staff.

Evertiq TEC Lund 2013

August 2013: Beta LAYOUT will be exhibiting at the Evertiq TEC convention in Lund, Sweden, 26th September 2013

Visit our stand and learn about all the products and services which we offer.

A presentation on “MAGIC-PCB®” - Beta LAYOUT’s patent for Embedding RFID chips will be given. Discover the benefits of Embedded RFID. Learn how to make your PCB traceable.

Evertiq TEC Lund 2013

Expanded assembly service

August 2013: Along with Altium, TARGET 3001! and EAGLE data, you can now also transmit the "Extended Gerber RS-274X" format to our assembly department.

We will also require a matching BOM (Bill of Materials), assembly diagram and Pick & Place file.

This will ensure accurate assembly.

New patent granted!

June 2013: We are proud to present to you our latest patent for an embedding procedure using our MAM.

MAM stands for Magic Application Machine – a machine that automatically embeds RFID chips in FR4 PCB material.

This involves cutting a slot in the PCB for the RFID chip and then embedding it in the edge of the board.

This means you can build RFID chips into mass-produced PCBs.

The chip is encapsulated in epoxy resin so that it's firmly embedded in the PCB and virtually indestructible.

Find out more.

Beta LAYOUT at Electronics&Automation in Utrecht

May 2013: Together with our partner Murata Electronics, we will be presenting new products – embedded RFID in circuit boards – from 28 - 30 May in Hall 8, Booth 8D066.

Visit our booth and see for yourself how you can make circuit boards identifiable and traceable and learn more about the innovative methods for embedding RFID chips in PCBs.

On 28 May we will also be giving a presentation on the topic of PCB with embedded RFID in the Croesezaal auditorium.

Beta LAYOUT & Murata proudly present:

April 2013: World's first #1:
RFID chips embedded in your PCB – available ONLINE!

World's first #2:
Using your ground plane as an antenna – just download a design to link them! Boasting a range of several metres that can even be read through housing and packaging.

Hard to believe?
Try it yourself now. For free. Until September 2013, we are offering a 100% rebate on embedding RFID chips in PCB-POOL® circuit boards.


March 2013: ENIG (Electroless Nickel Immersion Gold = Chemical Nickel-Gold) for
ultra-flat pads can now be selected for the surface along with HAL – at no additional charge, even for all express services!

This universal surface finish is distinguished by its high degree of planarity, good ageing resistance, suitability for soft-soldering and bonding and as a contact surface.

ENIG technical values:

• Layer structure: Ni/Au
• Layer thickness: Ni: 4-8 μm,
Au: 0.07 μm ± 0.01 μm
• Can be stored at least 12 months

Slimming cure in price and material!

March 2013: NEW in the POOL: 4 layer multilayer can now also be ordered 1 mm thin!

AND : Price reduction of up to 50% for 2-5 multilayer circuit boards

Now available! Assembly for Altium customers.

February 2013: You use Altium for your circuit board design and would like to order your board with assembly on-line at a set price?

As of now, we also support the Altium data format along with Eagle and Target for this service in PCB-POOL®.

electronica 2012

November 2012: Our first fair: A great success!
Thank you for the numerous visits and the interest in our latest innovations:

- Free FITS-or-NOT
- Magic-PCB®
- IDF-to-3D
- EAGLE-to-3D

All now available online! Give it a try ......

Free FITS-or-Not – FREE - how does that work?

November 2012: It's simple:
PCB-POOL® customers can now order printed 3D-prototypes of their assembled PCB at no charge.

Unbelievable but true:
Now, before PCB production even begins, you can test if the finished assembly fits into the housing.

First-class service at no extra cost!

Alles Weitere hier:

How do I get the 3D data?

With the new online tool: IDF-to-3D
Export IDF data from your Layout Software and upload it.

Map your components with 3D elements in our database.

Missing or special 3D components can be added (download from the internet or from the manufacturer) as STEP file.

Output of the generated 3D model as:

- 3D PDF format (for free!)
- Printed 3D-prototype
(free in conjunction with subsequent PCB-POOL® - Order within 14 days)
- STEP format

Details and a link to the tool:

What about EAGLE and 3D?

Forget detours via POV-Ray, EAGLE'up, Sketch'up and Co.!

We have written a ULP that generates IDF from EAGLE and transports them (see below) directly to our online IDF viewer.

Components from the original EAGLE library are automatically mapped to the appropriate 3D elements.

Download, try and be amazed:

Try Magic PCB ® NOW – FOR FREE!

November 2012: … and WIN a corresponding UHF Reader/Writer System!!

Upon request we will equip your overdelivery with an embedded RFID-Chip at no charge.

- You can use your overdelivered PCB with the embedded chip in a normal way
- There is no restriction in function of this PCB
- We will not alter the layout or damage the PCB
- The embedded chip will only be visable when you hold your PCB against the light

This option will soon be available not only for the extra circuit board delivered, but also for the full quantity of PCBs ordered.

You can find additional information here:
You can also buy the appropriate write-read system in our eSTORE.

Once the technical requirements are met you will not need to take any further action. Our technicians will install the chip at the appropriate location in your circuit board.

Simply select Overdelivery: - yes, as magic-PCB ® - embedded with free RFID chip


July 2012: Our Reflow-Kit-Shop product offering has grown immensely in recent years. We have created a new shop structure and renamed it in Beta-eSTORE.

From now on in the eSTORE:
- More than 120 new products, including Arduino-compatible modules and RFID hardware
- Improved search routine
- Graduated prices for selected articles
- Cross-selling function
- Joint shopping basket for all Beta shops

Now as before, you can, of course, still purchase the reflow kit in the Beta-eSTORE, as well as numerous products for developing, assembling, and soldering.

New data format: DipTrace

May 2012: We now support the DipTrace format in the PCB-POOL®.
DipTrace is a printed circuit board layout CAD/CAE software, consisting of a wiring diagram, simulation, autorouter, PCP layout with a 3D view, EMC analysis, and front panel layout. DipTrace is also available in a lite version free of charge.

Beta-PROTOTYPES - the new shop for Rapid Prototyping

February 2012: Functional prototypes and 3D models at favourable prices.
Whether product designs, concept models, or component prototypes are concerned - or simply the implementation of an awesome idea. Whatever it may be - we will print it for you according to your individual wishes:
- upload the STL file
- take a look at the model in interactive 3D visualisation
- check the price
- order

Precise, robust, and movable ABS plastic models in different colours.
Surface finish possible: the model can be smoothed, drilled, varnished or galvanised.

Faster: top speed for multilayer boards

January 2012: For all those who are in a particular hurry:
Upon request, as of now, we manufacture your 4 and 6-layer multilayer printed circuit boards within an astoundingly short period of two days.

Special for EAGLE users: PCB quotations with just two clicks

December 2011: With version 5.1001 and later, you can now calculate prices for PCBs and assembly directly in EAGLE.

It’s remarkably easy:
- No registration necessary
- No fee
- Fast and convenient: no typing or filling in forms

And a 20% discount on your first PCB order with this Button!

FITS-OR-NOT: Save money – try a Dummy!

July 2011: World first! - Hands-on collision check!

At last: Preview and test your PCB design before assembly! With your layout data we reproduce a 3-D mockup of your PCB design.

Time, money and nerves on edge: This is spared by ordering a Dummy before you assemble your PCB.

Convenient online ordering, as usual:

New data format: FRITZING!

June 2011: FRITZING is an Open-Source-Initiative, which assists the creativity of Designers, Artists, Researchers and Hobbyists working with interactive electronics.

We have added this format into our list of supported file formats. Also it’s an exciting story, so see for yourself:

New products, new sites and new markets!

May 2011: With the acquisition of Sprig Circuits (Vacaville, California, USA), Beta LAYOUT has made a major advance in enhancing customer service.

The synergy of Beta LAYOUT’s well-known reliability and speed with the experience and customer contacts of Sprig Circuits promises to open new dimensions for you.

Stay tuned for more good news in the coming months!

NEW! PCB assembly in PCB POOL®

April 2011: Are you an enthusiastic circuit and layout designer?

But would you rather avoid:
- filling out exasperating component order forms?
- placing and soldering tricky SMDs yourself?
- waiting weeks for your assembled boards?
- silly claims that PCB assembly isn’t worthwhile
for your small jobs?

If so, simply order your PCB POOL® boards fully assembled.

With us you can order a one-off quantity with just one component.

And as always with Beta LAYOUT, the process is easy: online configuration, quotation, ordering – and you’re done!

Visit for full information on PCB assembly, or generate your own quotation online at

Target 3001! V15 PCB-POOL® Edition - now with new functions!

March 2011: The new version of Target 3001! V15 PCB-POOL® Edition is now available for download.

- SQLite components database
- Component placement service
- ELECTRA autorouter
- Polygon capture
- Lead-free soldering
- Directly connectable ground planes
- Dimensional polygon with automatic assignment of the auras

Give me data freedom!

February 2011: 2011 Independence at last! Now you can use your data freely, independent of manufacturer.
If you place your order with TARGET 3001! V15 PCB-POOL® Edition, you receive the Gerber data for your project in RS-274X format, suitable for use in batch or mass production.

At any time you can convert the TARGET 3001! V15 PCB-POOL® Edition to an independent version available from our Reflow-Kit - Shop:

Easy-going: Stencils with DEK VectorGuard!

January 2011: We can now also manufacture stencils for DEK high-speed clamping frames with the following format: - DEK VG 23" x 23" and DEK VG 23" x 29".

Material thicknesses of 100µm, 130µm and 150µm are available (other thicknesses on request).

The delivery time is either 1 or 2 working-days for the available formats. Surcharge per stencil amounts to 65.45 EUR.

PCB FORUM: You ask - we answer!

December 2010: What you’ve always wanted to know - we give you an answer to your questions relating to PCBs and our product range.

On our new PCB FORUM you can discuss things and exchange knowledge not only with us but also with other forum members.

Give us suggestions for new topics concerning the development of PCBs, software products or manufacturing and post-production.

We're looking forward to your contributions!

Cool in the POOL - with Aluminium-core PCBs

August 2010: Are you developing electronics for High Power LEDs, controls or power convertors that are causing your PCB to overheat?

This is where our IMS-POOL comes in:

* 1,5mm cooling aluminum
* 100µm isolation layer
* 35µm copper layer on one side

Here you can get further information and pictures:

Best to test right now!
You can calculate prices here:

Would you like a Free Stencil with that?

July 2010: Originally planned as just a birthday celebration, this service has proved incredibly popular.

So should we put a stop to it now? NO?

OK. Free Stencil forever....

Fear SMDs no longer! New SMD-Kits from Beta LAYOUT

July 2010: You can now order SMD-Kits from our Reflow-Kit Shop online at: .
There’s no need to worry about small components, SMD technology is easy to master with the right accessories.
You’ll find everything you need for SMD soldering as well as a short video, user commentaries and instruction manuals online at:

PCB-POOl® is Number 1 again

July 2010: We are the first to accept the brand new CAD file format “Design Spark PCB”.
You just send us your *.pcb file and we’ll produce your PCB !

No need to stress with Gerber & Excellon files etc.
Are you interested in getting hold of a copy of the free “Design Spark PCB” software from RS?
Then take a look at this link:

New specification

May 2010: Beta LAYOUT shortens the delivery time for Multilayer prototypes
Have you got an urgent requirement for Multilayer prototypes? As of now, we are offering a 3 WD turnaround for 4 & 6 layer boards.
Following on from the extremely successful introduction last year of the 1 WD delivery time for double-sided PCBs, we can now also provide our Multilayer customers with an even faster prototyping service. Naturally, as is the case with all express service orders in PCB-POOL®, the “On-time or Free” guarantee applies!

Beta LAYOUT helps with spacing constraints
Stack your components closer together! In PCB-POOL® we can now manufacture your PCBs with a track & gap width of only 0.127mm (5mil) and a minimum final drill diameter of only 0.2mm (8mil). This new service is available for a surcharge of only 5% on the basic price. Save on space and tighten up!

Beta LAYOUT now offers scoring in PCB-POOL®
Do you need your prototypes on a panel with V-scoring? No problem! In PCB-POOL® you can now select scoring (v-score) using our panel configuration facility, simply enter the array you require & create your panel - ready for assembly!

NEW: Custom front panels from Beta LAYOUT

February 2010: People say, "it's what's on the inside that counts". This applies to people of course but also to your equipment. So, is it acceptable if the technology is good but the visual appearance falls short?

We say no! – and we have a revolutionary solution for you, that gives you unprecedented design freedom for your front panels. Full-colour printing, images, logos and lettering – everything is possible.
Tailored to your wishes, economical, and top quality thanks to digital printing with photographic quality.

If you would like to know more, click

In addition to further advantages and numerous examples, you will find free design software for downloading so that you can get started right away.

Discover a new design dimension that is guaranteed to put your panels firmly in front!

PCB-POOL® is now UL-certified

September 2009: With immediate effect, all printed circuit boards manufactured by PCB-POOL® are to be UL certified. The UL quality mark will confirm that our PCBs now conform to all the relevant American and Canadian safety requirements and as a certified UL-licensee it may be used without reserve on our products.

The UL quality mark is assigned from the “Underwriter Laboratories” only after a strict and supervised procedure - making this quality mark an extremely important characteristic for product security in the USA and Canada. PCB-POOL® customers can now also take advantage of this distinguished quality mark within the prototype range - particularly if the final product is to be used or rolled-out in the United States or Canada.

1.0mm material thickness NOW AVAILABLE in PCB-POOL®

August 2009: As of now, our PCB-POOL® customers can choose between 1.6mm and 1.0mm board thickness for single- and double-sided boards.
The 1.0mm PCBs are only available with Chemical Tin finish.
If you select 1.6mm you can still choose between HAL (lead-free) and Chemical Tin.

Beta LAYOUT opens new market in South Africa

July 2009: The extremely successful & innovative PCB-POOL® concept is now available to customers in South Africa. The customer-friendly concept of on-line price calculation and ordering is ready to go. 20 local staff in sales and production now bring to 125 the number of workers employed in this entrepreneurial group. As well as three locations in Germany, a site in Ireland and various sales offices in Europe and the USA, this latest venture underlines the international orientation of the company.

New from Reflow-Kit shop

June 2009: In addition to PCBs and SMD stencils from PCB-POOL®, Beta LAYOUT now offers tools, equipment and aids for prototype SMD assembly in its Reflow Kit shop. The Reflow Kit shop products allow users to solder SMD circuits near to industrial quality.

Anniversary deal: Free Laser Stencil

May 2009:

20 Years Beta LAYOUT, 15 Years PCB-POOL, 10 Years Conrad CooperationAnniversary deal : Free Laser Stencil

Should your PCB layout have SMDs, you can now order a laser stencil with the following specifications FREE of charge.
  • Stainless Steel 150 µm
  • Size to be a total of 10mm (all around) larger than the PCB dimension.
  • No pad modification
  • No finishing

The paste film data will be generated 1:1 from your Layout data.

Just click: Yes - I want one!

This campaign is currently valid for all PCB-POOL® Prototype orders.


April 2009: PCBs in PCB POOL® are now available on a 1-day service. Send us your printed circuit board files before 8.30am BST and your finished boards will be ready for dispatch or collection at 5pm BST!

Omercon (R) Chemical Tin as an alternative to HAL

March 2009: Beta LAYOUT is now offering a Chemical Tin finish.

The tinning is similar to HAL, which is a partial covering and has nothing to do with the old method of Lead / Tin reflow.
  • Due to the smooth surface finish, assembly of fine pitch boards is considerably easier.
  • The circuit board is not put under the same temperature stress as with the HAL process, and as such does not suffer from warping or bending.
  • The Chemical Tin surface allows for multiple soldering, and also gives great results with press-fit technology
  • The soldering parameters are on a par with those of a HAL surface finish.
For more information please visit our specifications page.

New Website

February 2009: After 20 years of Beta LAYOUT and 15 years of PCB POOL® our web site is getting a makeover. This includes a complete overhaul of the Customer Interface. But not only has the visual appearance of the website changed; some functionalities have been extended and improved, while the shopping basket system has been simplified even further. So for example stencils and printed circuit boards can now be bought from the same "one-stop-shop". The jewel in the crown of the new Shopping-basket system is a price matrix for the comparison of the selected printed circuit board specification with further options (eg: leadtime/quantity), just like price comparison sites for airline tickets which we are all familiar with today.

Anniversary, moving and new investments.

January 2009: This year we have three reasons to celebrate. Beta LAYOUT is 20 years old, the sucessful PCB-POOL is now in its 15th year and our co-operation with Conrad continues to excite customers after 10 years.

Not least of all with thanks to the governing Mayor Udo Scheliga, Beta LAYOUT and Beta BOARD were able to expand within the town of Aarbergen.
Beta LAYOUT GmbH started off the new year 2009 in a bright new office building.
The complete new kit-out of an old production warehouse sees Beta BOARD's third production facility in a position to start manufacture from all departments from the beginning of the year.

Investment in new machines and processes mean brand new technologies will be on offer and even faster lead times will be achieved. At this point in time however no more information will be released.
The managment team intend to release these new innovations bit by bit over the coming year !

New Soldermask!

October 2008: We can report with pride that all Beta production plants are now equipped with the latest in soldermask coating technology. From now on the application of soldermask will be computer-controlled.

All PCB POOL®-supplied printed circuit boards will now come with this extremely hard and smooth soldermask.

In connection with this development we would like to thank our customers, who regularly gave their evaluations of our printed circuit boards and pointed out to us where we could improve.

With the soldermask in former times, particularly in the express service, factory No.1 used a foil type mask.

Thank you for your customer evaluation!

Super flat SMD surfaces! Chemical Tin as an alternative to HAL. We will keep you updated shortly.

Attention all Laser Stencil customers!

September 2008: As of now we can offer you a sensationally priced Rapid Tension System for your Laser Paste Stencils. For canny shoppers a further reduced entrance price is available up to 31.12.2008. In addition you receive with each template order for this rapid tension system a discount on the basic price. This secures a fast return on your investment for you. Naturally there are no licence fees. If desired, the razor-sharp template edges can also be protected with a plastic covering.

Keen pricing

August 2007: Price comparison shows most favorable PCB Pool price!

We want to guarantee that you get the most favorable PCB Pool price with the least amount of effort, therefore we have greatly extended the functionality of our order system.

Already, and during the printed circuit board order entry process, the system examines whether there is still another more favorable route than the product choice selected by you. When calculating for example 8 prototypes of eurocard size (414.49 EUR) the order system will additionally indicate the prices for 8 prototypes XL (315.41 EUR) and for a small batch production in our Series 10 XXS Pool (297.60 EUR).

This price comparison is based on a complex software, not only is the quantity and the price considered but also the surface area, the delivery time and optional extras such as soldermask and E-testing.

We want to guarantee that you always get the best price with us, so please help us to achieve this goal by making yourself fully aware of our pricing rules and structures.

Another new partnership!

April 2007: From now on all Pulsonix users can send us direct outputs from this software when ordering.

Watch”ur”PCB® - Photos of each production stage of your Printed Circuit Board

July 2006: From this month on you can keep an eye on the progress of the production of your PCB.
We can provide you with photographic images of your board following completion of each of these production steps:

  • Drilling

  • Exposure

  • Tin stripping

  • UV curing

  • Hot-Air-Levelling

In this way you can be certain, even while still in production, that your board will be delivered error-free to you, allowing you to get on with preparing the assembly process without fear of any nasty surprises! And if you should notice a board or data error you have extra time to rectify the situation or even place a new order.

Photos of the current production stage can be accessed in the “My Orders” section of your online customer account , under the heading “Order tracking”. If you wish to be kept informed of the progress of your production we will gladly send you an email to advise you. If you don’t want to miss a single photo you can also choose to have them emailed to you as soon as they are ready. You can choose any of the above options in your online customer account in the “My Orders” section.

Shorter lead times in Series XXS - for instance: quicker turnarounds for Multilayer 4 & 6 layer boards, inclusive of E-Test

August 2005: Both our Series XXS and Multilayer 4/6 Layer boards are now available with shorter standard lead-times and faster lead time options. E-test is now FREE of charge on all Multilayer pool products.

Shorter turnaround times on Series xxS and Multilayer pool orders.

On 4 and 6 layer boards we have dramatically reduced our leadtimes from 12 to 8 working days! That's 33% faster at NO extra cost!
Fast turnaround options are now available as 7 or 5 working days.

On top of this great offer we are now shipping all Multilayer pool orders with a full electrical test included in the price.

On our Series xxS service we now offer 8 days as standard a reduction of 20% to the previous 10 day lead time. For the first time ever we are offering our Series xxS 10 on a 5 day turnaround.

More Layer - shorter deliverytime

June 2004: The long wait is finally over: The 6-Layer pool!
In addition: The lead time of Multilayer was reduced from 15 to 12 WD!

PCB-POOL(R) PCBs are ROHS/WEEE conform

May 2004: ROHS = Restriction of Hazardous Substances
WEEE = Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

PCB-POOL(R) printed circuit boards are already conform to European Union guidelines ROHS / WEEE. These guidelines were set on the 13.02.2003 and prohibit the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, chrome-6, PBB and PBDE with electrical and electronics devices, which are brought into the market from 1 July 2006. These guidelines apply to all electronics firm within the European Union and likewise to those which export into the European Union. With PCB POOL(R) printed circuit boards the lead free tin Balver SN100CL is in use. This tin was already used and successfully tested with over ten million (at 9/2002) printed circuit boards. And the good news is although lead free of tin is twice as expensive as PbSn, the PCB POOL(R) prices remain the same! Further information as well as a data sheet can be found under Specifications.

TARGET 3001! Version 11 available

March 2004: The new TARGET 3001! Version 11 ist now available as PCB-POOL®Edition.

What's new?
Setting a panel, Generation of testing points for measurements, Solderstop/Solderpaste to be set individually for any pad/via, Solderpaste, New Hybrid-Autorouter.... and much more..

Get your free update from SERVICE->DOWNLOAD

SERIE XXS without Positionprint

February 2004: Positionprint in SERIEXXS ?
The following options are now available:
Posi: singlesided TOP (Price inclusive)
Posi: doublesided TOP + BOT (Price 17 EUR)
Posi: WITHOUT (no discount)

A remark to "Posi WITHOUT":
You did not edit the Positionprint-Layer in your PCB-Software? You did not create the correct values and moved each designator to the correct place? Of course then your positionprint will not look very fine on the produced PCB and you should have the option: POSI: WITHOUT!

Why no price reduction when chosen "Posi:WITHOUT"?
Your PCBs remain in the same POOL, together with other PCBs which will get a positionprint. So the complete panel is undertaken the production process "Legendprinting". Unfortunatly this way, there is no price reduction we could forward to you.

Collection of Specs

January 2004: Under Service-> Specifications you will find the following documentation:

Specifications Basematerial ISOLA FR4 DURAVER
current carrying for coppertracks on basematerial
Specifications Soldermask ConforMask 2500
Specification Basematerial for PIAD FR4

Layerlist for PROTEL
Layerlist TARGET
Layerbuild for Multilayer
Drill Tolerance
Rout Tolerance


November 2003: Now available: Fast turnaround PCBs with positionprint AND also doublesided positionprint!

Is everything new ?

August 2003: Check out our new Website with lots of handy functions.

PCB-shopping is now even easier with Beta LAYOUT.

Please note:
Our 10 day lead time for PCB-POOL prototype (single and double sided) has been cut to 8 days.

Work it out:
Order your boards on a Monday and you can begin to populate them a whole weekend earlier !!!

Have fun surfing and shopping

your Beta LAYOUT team


July 2003: Due to popular demand we now accept LAYOUT files from PCAD software.

The odd exception

May 2003: In the specialist German magazine PLUS, May 2003 issue, solderpaste stencils were examined:

"...That this can work differently has been proven by the success of the stencil service offered by Beta LAYOUT."

New file formats

February 2003: Two new Dataformats accepted in PCB-POOL®: QUICKROUTE Users and EASY-PC Users can now send their *.PCB files to us.
Good news for EDWIN Users: EDWIN files are once more being accepted.

Beta LAYOUT welcomes its 10,000th customer!

January 2003: Despite the downturn in the electronics industry over the past year, there is still good news for some. This downturn has lead to an industry wide cut in funding for electronics design. Previous levels of boom-time budgeting are past. In its solution to the prototype market, a Shannon based company has conversely seen an increase in both sales and new custom. Based in the Shannon Free Zone, Beta LAYOUT recently welcomed their 10,000th customer to the Shannon facility. On placing the 10,000th order, the customer became the grand prize winner. Based in Germany, Mr. Matthias Mayer is involved with a company who specialises in electronic measuring devices. Managing Director of Beta LAYOUT, Elizabeth Nolan, had this to say "Mr Meyer represents our profile customer. He is working in a small, but highly technical research and development company. We are delighted to offer this prize to such a valued customer".
The prize consisted of a completely free weekend for two people. This included flights, accommodation, champagne reception and chauffeured transport.

With the assistance of Aer Rianta, the staff of Beta LAYOUT offered a champagne reception in the Airport when the passengers disembarked on Thursday evening. Caroline Noonan, Sales and Marketing Manager with Beta LAYOUT was very impressed with the service – "we could not have achieved such a warm welcome for our guests had it not been for Mr. Pat O’Connell and his team. They assisted in whatever way they could, and made the reception more professional and enjoyable for all". Following the airport, the winners were taken to the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis. Again, they were greeted by the Managing Director of the Old Ground Hotel, Mr Alan Flynn, and the welcome was in the true Irish spirit – warm, generous and sincere. The winners were also offered a night in Bunratty, and a trip around the breathtaking Clare Atlantic coastline, which was recently voted among the 5 most beautiful trips in Europe.


November 2002: Delivery time of SerieXXS has been reduced from 15 working days to 10. This means the turnaround is 33.333333333% faster!

Everything remains different

September 2002: No need to worry! It's only a new term which has been introduced by our marketing department: fast turnaround premium is now called basic price factor. Prices have not been changed.

Have faith!

July 2002: "Have faith..." we thought to ourselves after we decided to launch our customer order evaluation service. We would like to underline that the graphics for this page are generated every night and show only the data from the ORIGINAL databank! That means that none of our customers' comments are "sweetened", left out or edited! Could there be any better way of finding out whether or not something is worth buying than by taking a look at the order evaluations of 10,000 customers? Take a look for yourself: customer evaluations

0.15mm (6mil) / 0.15mm (6mil)

June 2002: It has been accepted for a long time, but now it's official: the minimum required airgap for doublesided PCBs in PCB-POOL® (except Target-next-day-delivery) has been reduced from 0.2mm (8mil) to 0.15mm (6mil). Likewise, the minimum required track width has been reduced from 0.2mm (8mil) to 0.15mm (6mil).

another super offer from Beta LAYOUT!

May 2002: In cooperation with Ing.-Büro FRIEDRICH:
FREE layout software:
TARGET 3001! PCB-POOL® Edition (6.83MB updated Version from 2002 for Win9X/Win2000/XP)

Not just a "sketch" program like the one currently on offer from a certain US competitor, this all-inclusive software package runs at a normal retail price of EUR 1,500.

The package includes the following:
  • Circuit layout

  • Simulation

  • Schematic

  • Autoplacer

  • Autorouter

  • EMCAnalysis
NOT a demo-version
NO pin restrictions
Output for PCB-POOL® only

Now on offer!

March 2002: Due to popular demand, we are now offering single sided boards in PCB-POOL®. For details on pricing, please see our homepage under "Prototypes".

New discount program

February 2002: Join in! Let us know how happy you are with your boards. Evaluate your delivery by its quality and punctuality. When you have entered 5 order evaluations, you receive a 10% discount on one item on your next order!

Now on offer!

November 2001: OK, so it's not that exciting ... but it's worth a mention! Silkscreen is now available in standard lead time in Multilayer Pool.

Fast-Turnaround in 2 and 3 days

October 2001: You need your printed circuit boards faster? We have extended our express service for double-sided prototypes to a 2 and 3-day service. Please note that the cut-off time for receipt of order + data for 2 & 3 day turnarounds is 08.30 am GMT!!

Online order tracking

September 2001: You are up to date straight away:
You receive a link with your on-line order confirmation to allow you request an update on your job status. The output information contains the name of the person who processed your order, the name of your CAM-OPERATOR and tells you the exact status of your order from order entry to delivery to your front door!

Summer Party 2001

July 2001: It was simply fantastic!
Here is an excerpt from a email which was received after the celebration:

"... you did not promise me too much, the Beta Party was absolutely g... (censored) !!! Super people, super music, excellent food, cool Guinness and much more. Thank you for the invitation ..."

Whoever does not believe us can take a look at the following pictures:

Relocation in Ireland

June 2001: Too crowded again, already (see April 1998)? Yes, in Ireland it was time for the second relocation. The new office was officially opened at a ceremony by Shannon Development (an Irish government agency). Reason enough to celebrate the evening with the national refreshment - Guinness!

Online quotation service

March 2001: Do you urgently require a PCB-POOL® price quotation? Not a problem! Simply use our online calculation program and click on the "printer version" button on your quotation. You can of course also proceed with an order if you wish.

Beta LAYOUT GmbH is ISO 9002 certified

February 2001: Beta LAYOUT GmbH is now ISO 9002 (Nr: 01 100 004044 TÜV Rheinland/Berlin Brandenburg) certified.

Anonymous FTP

November 2000: Due to the fact that our free FTP upload area has been continually used by hackers as a free software, we have unfortunately been forced to discontinue our anonymous FTP service. To send us your files, please use the upload service on our website or call us at ++353 (0)61 701170. You will then receive our new IP address over the phone as well as a username and password which will allow you to continue to send your files to us by FTP.

FTP address changed

May 2000: Note re. FTP server: our old FTP address is no longer in use as we have moved server. Please use our new IP number

Multilayer service improved

March 2000: Cheaper, better, quicker. 4MLs are now available 20% cheaper, 5 days quicker and on request are also available in 7 working day express service. Now that all PCB-POOL® brochures have been changed to the Euro currency, prices for Series XXS and soldermask have been rounded to the next even amount in cent. Only our flat rate route charge has been rounded up by a "whole" EUR 0.24 to EUR 12.00. Good news - good buy!

BETA LAYOUT GmbH - nominated for the German Internet Award

February 2000: CE-BIT 2000 trade fair, 25.02.2000, Beta LAYOUT received a prize from the German Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Werner Mueller for its customer orientation, innovation and successful economic employment of its homepage.

An independant jury picked Beta-LAYOUT from a group of 598 contenders as one of ten companies nominated for the prize which was awarded this year for the first time.

It should be emphasized that Beta LAYOUT sucessfully uses the internet on a daily basis as a sales platform, as opposed to the majority of nominated contenders whose main business was software or some form of internet service.

The aim this year of awarding the above mentioned prize was to promote electronic commerce or electronic business on the internet. According to the Bundesminister Mr Mueller, the awards should help highlight the importance of increased internet use among medium sized companies. The competition, a part of the Bundes government's campaign entitled "Innovation and jobs in the Information Technology sector of the 21st century", will take place annually over the next 5 years using various themes and providing best-practice examples for small and medium sized companies (SMC's) for innovative internet progress.


February 2000: We have extended our service! In addition to your printed cirucit board, we can now supply you with a laser cut stencil. In order to meet your requirements to the highest standards, we have invested in a brand-new laser stencil cutting machine from the company LPKF.

Our Laser-Stencil webseite offers the familiar conveniences: online calculation, file-upload and (another) FAQ page. Your Laser Stencil questions can be answered for free on the Laser Stencil Hotline on 0800-SCHABLONE (0800-7242256). A discount of 20% is available on first-time orders - offer available up to 15.03.2000

Euro conversion

January 2000: After - thankfully- not having had any problems with the Y2K Bug, the next test we face this year is the conversion to the Euro. We have already adapted our web pages to suit the new currency. The good news for our customers is that one Eurocard does not cost the actual converted price of EUR 50.62, but only EUR 49.00 instead! Again a (small) cost saving for the electronic developer.

E-Test at POOL prices

November 1999: It can be safely said that with complex and densely printed circuit boards, a visual check is insufficient. In electrical testing, all connections on your printed circuit board are checked for opens and shorts.
Up until now, testing using a flying probe was inordinately expensive. The good news is however, that PCB-POOL® has dramatically cut the costs yet again! You can now have your boards electrically tested for the following prices:

Redesign of Beta LAYOUT Homepage

October 1999: After countless hours of development and testing, our new homepage was finally launched today. Containing over 250 web pages, you will find all you need to know on PCB-POOL. The highlight is the online calculation and order system.

PCB-Pool Germany starts partnership with Conrad Electronic Germany

September 1999: To accompany its promotion in the current Conrad catalogue, PCB Pool launched its on-line order form on the Conrad website today.

Lower shipping costs

September 1999: A short but sweet message: following some hard bargaining with our courier service, we can now announce a cut in our shipping costs! This price reduction will of course be passed on in full to you our customers. The new pricing will come into effect from mid September: standard parcel service (not express) for parcel up to 2kg's - was DM 13.80 now DM 10.80

10th anniversary celebration pictures

July 1999: Many thanks for all the good wishes and gifts received and for the great party atmosphere! For the record: 350 sausages, 150 steaks and 100 Vegi-burgers were washed down with lots of Guinness! The band was superb and everyone enjoyed themselves. In short, it was a great event!

Words can't really describe the wonderful atmosphere so have a look at our photos from the afternoon and evening and see for yourself!

Last but not least, a particularly big thank you to our hardworking helpers at the bar and at the barbequ, to the band "In Between" for their top class performance, to Brian for entertaining everyone with his Irish folk songs and to the entire team for the birthday cake!

Party time - Beta LAYOUT 10th anniversary

June 1999: On 16. July 1999 the big Beta LAYOUT party is taking place! All customers are very welcome! A great atmosphere, endless GUINNESS, succulent steaks and live band "In BETWEEN" are all on offer!

On that note, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our faithful customers. Without them, we would not be celebrating our 10th anniversary! It is a special pleasure for me that PCB-POOL®, a crazy idea of a shared costs system for electronic developers, has become a synonym for prototyping.

Let's share a toast to this idea!
Arne Hofmann

Special offer for first time customers

April 1999: Special offer! All first time users of the new Discovery shareware receive a 20% discount on their first PCB produced with this software.

This offer was only available up to 31st July 1999

We have reduced our delivery time

March 1999: GOOD NEWS: We have reduced our standard delivery time for doublesided POOL prototypes from approx. 15 WD to ... not 13 ... not 12 ... but approx. 10 WD ! And ... the price remains the same ! :-)) So, get yourself a copy of the new order form (included in your delivery)

We offer Extended-Gerber drivers for Target

February 1999: You remember our news from March 1998? Well, the extended-gerber driver for Target is now ready. Download it from the Target homepage!

We have installed a search engine on our homepage

January 1999: We have installed a search-engine on our webpage ... in German only, for the moment ... Sorry!. moved to Germany

January 1999: Higher speed web pages: We have moved our WebSpace to a server in Frankfurt with 155MBit connection.

Shareware for electronic designers

January 1999: New! Lots of shareware for electronic designers on our server. See DOWNLOAD.

We accept ORCAD™ *.MAX files

December 1998: ORCAD™ users have reason to smile! We now accept *.MAX files!

We have extended our homepage

August 1998: 3 new web pages have been launched: NEWS (This page), FAQ - Questions and Answers about PCB-POOL® - and illustrated instructions to help with loading Gerber- and Drill-data to GC-Prevue. (section DOWNLOAD)

We are testing Gerber/Drill interface

July 1998: Testing of the Gerber/Drill interface from ORCAD™ software is now under way in order to be able to accept *.MAX files in PCB-POOL® in the future. The company HOSCHAR was kind enough to make a copy of the software package LAYOUT PLUS available to us.

We process PROTEL(tm) PCB-Files directly

April 1998: Another new Data format for PCB-POOL®: PROTEL™. Customers can now send their *.PCB file to us. Many thanks to Dr. Heinrich Kunz from PROTEL EUROPE AG who made this possible and who made the software available to us.

Beta LAYOUT Ltd. Ireland is moving

April 1998: Things are moving on in Ireland! Beta LAYOUT Ltd. Ireland has moved to a new business premises in the Shannon Free Zone.

We process Target Files directly

March 1998: In response to the many enquiries received from Target software users, we now recognise Target as an accepted software in PCB-POOL®. Herr Friedrich from the Target office is currently working on an extended Gerber driver for us and will also be working to perfect (and simplify) copper plane output.

Founding of Beta Board GmbH

March 1998: Founding of Beta BOARD GmbH. The purposes of this new venture are two fold: 1. to have our own supplier for time sensitive PCB-POOL® orders and 2. to research the area of multipanel manufacture with the aim of improving and optimising our supplier network.

You can order online

July 1997: You can now order your PCBs ONLINE!

Founding of Beta LAYOUT Ltd. Ireland

March 1997: Founding of Beta LAYOUT Ltd. in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. Our Irish office will supply CAM support to Beta Germany as well promote PCB-POOL® in Ireland, the UK and France.

We have moved to our new location

July 1996: Our German office has moved to a spacious premises in the village of Aarbergen in the beautiful Taunus region, western Germany.


January 1996: Beta LAYOUT becomes a limited liability company (GmbH). The aim of the company is the layout and sale of PCBs and the provision of services geared towards the electronic / PCB-Industry.

PCB-POOL® became a registered trademark

September 1995: Registration of PCB-POOL® with the 'Deutschen Patentamt München' ( the German patent office in Munich), trademark number 395 11 162.

Internet presentation was launched

August 1995: We now have our own website under!

The 1000th PCB-POOL® participant!

July 1995: The 1000th PCB-POOL® participant!

Founding of PCB-POOL®

June 1994: Founding of PCB-POOL®.

Founding of Beta LAYOUT GbR

January 1989: Founding of Beta LAYOUT as a GbR. The aim of the company is to produce PCB boards.