Cheap PCBs from China

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Felipe Neves, May 27, 2018.

  1. Felipe Neves

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 27, 2018
    Hello guys, I have been using the forum for quite some time, but this is my first post here.

    I posted because I wanted to give some recommendation for people in the same situation as me.

    I have a college project, for my undergrad thesis, where I needed to manufacture some boards, but manufacturing boards is way too expensive here, even for prototypes, 10 boards won't cost less than 500$. So I found this manufacturer from China, JLC PCB Honestly, I had a blast with their service, they delivered the boards in less than a week, it only took 3 days for manufacturing. The quality looks just great, as you can see in the pictures. It cost me only 2$ (first order bonus, normal price was 5$ for 10 boards 50x50mm) for the boards, the most expensive part was the shipping, because I needed express shiping, so I chose DHL, that cost around 50$, but normal shipping was only 10$. The best part is that they have a partner to supply parts,, so you can have them in the same shipping without any extra cost.

    As a plus, they even have a online tool to design your PCB layout and export directly into their service and place an order quickly

    Has anyone here also ordered boards from them before? Do you know any other good manufacturers.

  2. SLK001

    Senior Member

    Nov 29, 2011
    Many of us here have been using the Chinese PCB services. The quality is usually quite good. I for one, don't even consider making my own PCBs (although many here also do that successfully), since even a DIY can't compete with their prices. As a bonus, they give me plated thru holes, a solder mask and a silkscreen, which for SMT devices is almost a necessity.

    Good luck with your project.