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Metal Core & Thermal PCB

Aluminum PCB

APOLLOPCB manufactures aluminum printed circuit boards (PCB) with a full selection of high performance and low-cost materials from leading suppliers around the world. APOLLOPCB is cURus certificated Metal Core PCB manufacturer.Aluminum PCB consists of a dielectric metal base with a bonded copper circuit layer to create superior heat transfer to help cool components while eliminating problems associated with managing fragile ceramics.APOLLOPCB works to be the best aluminum PCB manufacturer when it comes to exceeding all customer expectations. APOLLOPCB provide a wide range of electrical and thermally conductive interface pads, thermally conductive gap fillers, thermal phase change materials and thermally conductive electrically insulating materials, as well as specialized equipment for high volume manufacturing.Aluminum-backed PCBs can consistently increase durability and long-term reliability of a final product through temperature control and associated reductions in failure rates. Aluminum designs also deliver better mechanical stability and lower thermal expansion levels than other available materials.Checking Apollopcb Aluminum PCB manufacturing Capability Map.


The following information focuses on single sided non-plated through applications typically utilized in higher volume applications. For information on aluminum plated through hole PCBs, metal core PCBs, flexible PCBs with aluminum and other thermal clad PCBs

Aluminum PCB Layers

Aluminum PCBs are a unique layered system comprised of the following layers.

Circuit Layer:

Printed circuit foil with thickness of 1oz to 5 oz.

Dielectric Layer:

The dielectric layer can have many different options which offer electrical isolation with minimum thermal resistance. Also used to bond the circuit layer and base material together. Each specific dielectric has its own UL recognition. See below for a listing of the different materials that we have in stock to ensure a wide variety of options with quick delivery.

Base Layer:

The base layer is most often aluminum but can also be copper. The most commonly used thickness is 0.040" (1.6mm) although many alternative thicknesses are available.

Aluminum Backed Printed Circuit Board

Specification of Aluminum Based Copper-clad Laminate




Test Condition

Insulation Thickness





Solder Resistance (288°C)





Thermal Shock

288°C * 10"/cycle


6 Times


Peel Strength (Normal status)




IPC-TM-650 2.4.8

Breakdown Voltage



IPC-TM-650 2.5.6

Volume Resistivity (Normal status >E+14)

Ω * cm



Surface Resistivity (Normal status >E+12)




Dielectric Constant
1 MHz Normal Status
1 GHz Normal Status




Dissipation Factor
1 MHz Normal Status
1 GHz Normal Status



Water Absorption




Thermal Conductivity
(measured on insulation layer only)







IPC-TM-650 2.3.9




IPC-TM-650 2.2.24




TBD (5wt% loss)




UL 746B

CTI (Comparative Tracking index)


600 (PLC=0)


Thickness & Dimension of Aluminum Based Copper-clad Laminate

Product Category

AL-01-B20 (The thickness of resin is 2-8mil)

Dimension m/m


Thickness of Single Sided PCB
with Aluminum Substrate

2.0 1/0

1.5 1/0

1.5 2/0

1.0 1/0

0.8 1/0

Thickness of Double Sided
PCB with Aluminum Substrate

2.0 1/1

1.5 H/H

1.5 1/1

1.0 1/1

0.8 1/1

* The above thickness excludes the thickness of resin and the thickness of copper and Aluminum can be combined arbitrarily.
* The thickness of copper foil: H oz. - 5.0 oz. The thickness of aluminum plate: 0.2 - 5.0mm.
* Halogen free material.
* Compliance with RoHS and REACH.

Aluminum Based PCB Laminates

Apollopcb currently support a wide range of laminate manufacturers to provide solutions for various applications.


Our Solutions include:

*Ventec VT4A-1 and VT4A-2
*Polytonic -TCB-2L,TCB-4 and TCB-8
*Doosan 2.0W/m.K
*Bergquist 2.2~3.0W/m.K
*GDM GL12T-A1,GL12T-A2,GL12T-A3
*ITEQ-IT859 GTA 2.0W/m.K
*Laird Technology

We can Produce                                               

*Aluminum Base single&Multilayer PCB
*Copper base single&multilayer PCB
*Aluminum Core PCB
*Metal Back PCB
Thermoelectric separation(SinkPad) PCB

Key Requirements When Selecting an Aluminum PCB Manufacturer

For the most part, all PCB manufacturing follows the same production process regardless of where they are made. The only true differences in suppliers is the level of automation in their process, the newest technology and equipment, and having specific equipment designed to focus on certain types of end products.


For aluminum PCBs, there are several key items that a PCB manufacturer needs to consider if they are going to be able to effectively produce aluminum PCBs in any quantity, including:

Dedicated Imaging Equipment
Many of our aluminum backed PCBs go into LED applications that are much longer than the standard 18” x 24” or 20” x 24” production panels used in traditional PCB manufacturing. To be able to accurately register and economically produce these parts, a manufacturer must have either a custom piece of 60” wide UV light imaging equipment or a setup capable of screen printing (at one time) an image and then UV curing through an oven.

The old manufacturing process of screen printing half the image and then trying to hand register the first image while screen print the second half is much less effective.

Specialized Scoring Equipment
The more common equipment that can V score through traditional FR-4 materials is not suited to manage aluminum PCBs. To get the lowest cost possible, we need to get the best yield possible, which means we need to be able to place these parts as close as possible to each other on the production panel. Without V scoring, you must mechanically rout the parts out, which could result in up to 20% loss of your yield, subsequently increasing cost.

Our engineering team has many years of experience helping our customers design arrays that are the most cost effective for them to

Greater Than 140-ton Punch Presses
For aluminum PCBs that are round or have unique features – (slots, large holes, cutouts, etc.) – you will want a manufacturer that can punch out these features. Trying to mechanically rout aluminum PCBs is a very costly way to get these features done in a production environment.

In-Line Hi-Pot Test
A unique requirement of aluminum PCB is that customers want to know that the product they are getting has passed a hi-pot test. While most PCB manufacturers can do this, it is usually a separate process in a lab that is not located in electrical testing. Epec’s electrical test set up includes a hi-pot test, which dramatically reduces cost for the customer.


Metal Core PCB Applications

You can improve the durability and performance of your product by using aluminum boards. Simple designs and low thermal impedance of the dielectric out performs all other printed circuit board insulators for power and high-operating temperature components. The relatively low cost versus copper and the ability to have a lightweight material with excellent durability are the biggest reasons aluminum is used for these applications.

Below are some examples of applications using aluminum backed PCBs.

High Bay Lights
High thermal Conductivity and heavy copper circuit aluminum PCB suitable for fixed work lighting in various large indoor stadiums, exhibition halls and factories, cargo yards, warehouses and supermarkets.

Ultra Bright LED Substrate
Using aluminum with your LEB PCB ensures the lowest possible operating temperatures and maximum brightness, color, and life. With many low-cost options for dielectric materials and specific manufacturing equipment dedicated to single sided production of LED lighting products, we can give our customers the best overall solution.

Motor Drives
Thermal clad dielectric choices provide the electrical isolation needed to meet operating parameters and safety agency test requirements.

Power Conversion
Aluminum clad offers a variety of thermal performances, is compatible with mechanical fasteners, and is highly reliable.

The automotive industry uses aluminum boards, as they need long term reliability under high operating temperatures coupled with their requirement of effective space utilization. Most commonly used in automotive lighting system components.

Consumer Products
Most commonly found in street lighting, traffic control lighting, interior building lights, landscape lighting, and camping gear as aluminum PCBs are lightweight and can be very small in size.

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