PCB Manufacturer

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  1. ajaxoftherockies

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    Hi Gang,
    I'm using ExpressPCB software and have my design ready. I was hoping someone here would know of a good company to get my boards made; looking for 6 or 7 copies right now.
    Last year, I used Futurlec.com and they sent me some good boards for a really nice price; came out around $15 a board for three. The problem is they took almost six weeks to get them to me. Their site says they do a one week turnaround, but they didn't come close.
    So, I'd like to find someone who can do a short run of prototype boards for a reasonable price and get them done relatively quickly; like a week or two.

    Your thoughts?

    Thanks!

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  3. DerStrom8

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    A friend of mine (and I believe he is also a member here) works at a PCB manufacturing company in China. His website is www.project-pcb.com. I have used their services several times and not once was disappointed. Their prices are average but the quality is excellent. I think they test the boards before shipping them out, to make sure there were no manufacturing problems. Also they ship very quickly. After sending in my designs I got the boards back within three days.
     
  4. inwo

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    What am I missing?
    Why not use express pcb?
     
  5. Wendy

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    The PCB market is very competitive. You can always do it at home with a reduction in quality, but most of us are on tight budgets. I use Express, but I always modify the finished output to my standards as to pad shapes when I finish up.
     
  6. inwo

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    Just tried the China site.
    A panel of 9 1.75" X 1" was $194
    10 boards 1.75" X 1" from ex pcb was $94

    Any tips on the www.project-pcb.com site to lower cost?
    I just used the defaults and don't need silk screen etc.
     
  7. DerStrom8

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    I was never a fan of Express for various reasons, though the pricing is reasonable.
     
  8. DerStrom8

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    Their customer service is great, they will email you one-on-one if you have any questions. You might ask them and see what they can do for you.
     
  9. inwo

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    Test to see how this site displays a xpcb file
     
  10. inwo

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    tnx
    I'll play around on the site. See if I can remove some options.

    Never tried any other than xpcb except my own feeble attempts.
     
  11. DerStrom8

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    Once again, try contacting customer service. Mention the price you found elsewhere. They might be able to help you out.
     
  12. inwo

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    Now I get it.

    Thought a 1 panel of 9 boards would be a better option.
    10 boards is only $91 and silk screen is free.
     
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  14. DerStrom8

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    I believe Mitch was still working on perfecting the technique, and last I knew the solder masks weren't working right.
     
  15. mcgyvr

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    I use itead PCB services all the time. Quality is perfect so far and very cheap.. takes about 2 weeks or so to get boards from them in China.. Just need to send them gerbers which any PCB program should be able to output..
    http://imall.iteadstudio.com/open-pcb/pcb-prototyping.html
    $10 for 10 boards 5cm x 5cm
    $25 for 10 boards 10cm x 10cm
    etc...
     
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  16. DerStrom8

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    I am assuming those are the prices per board, so 10 boards 5cm x 5cm would actually be $100?
     
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  17. mcgyvr

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    No its the price for 10 boards..like I said very cheap.. BUT great quality.. I've gotten 4 layer boards from them to pass UL EMI/EMC compliance on prototypes and have an order with them now for some interface boards for an arduino based "functional" test device for the products I design..
     
  18. inwo

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    Is free software available that would work?

    Xpcb may only work with there own manufacturing. :(
     
  19. DerStrom8

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    There's always programs like Eagle, KiCAD, DIPTrace, etc. Eagle has a free version which has a limited board size and only supports 2 layers, but is still useful. KiCAD and DIPTrace are also popular, free programs. All of them are able to export Gerber files, which most board houses accept.
     
  20. John P

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    FreePCB also. No size, layer or component count restrictions. Some of the free programs also support auto-routing; FreePCB does, but I'm not sure which others do.
     
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