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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:44 am    Post subject: PC board fabrication Reply with quote

I am interested in having a PC board fabricated. I remember that someone posted a very inexpensive PC house to do this. I was going to keep the info but somehow in the shuffeling of computers I lost it. Can someone please help?
Thanks,
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:38 am    Post subject: Re: PC board fabrication Reply with quote

AeroElectric thread about PC Board House:
http://tinyurl.com/Matronics-Thread
Elecrow in Hong Kong, inexpensive but takes a month
OSH Park, reasonable US company. Easy name to remember
ExpressPCB, expensive but fast service. Easy to use software.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:38 am    Post subject: PC board fabrication Reply with quote

At 13:37 2015-03-19, you wrote:
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I am interested in having a PC board fabricated. I remember that
someone posted a very inexpensive PC house to do this. I was going
to keep the info but somehow in the shuffeling of computers I lost
it. Can someone please help?

Thanks,

Roger

There are several. My personal favorite is experesspcb.com
who offers a proprietary but VERY capable ecb layout software
package for free and quick-turn (3-5 days), mini-board service
for a flat fee. They've been my prototype and production supplier for
over 10 years.

Similar services have been cited here on the list but I'm
not familiar with any of them . . .

Bob . . .


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:16 pm    Post subject: PC board fabrication Reply with quote

I use oshpark.com for small boards, they charge $5 per square inch and you get three boards for that.  The boards are purple, double sided with solder mask, silk screen and gold plating.

To do larger boards I have used both dirtypcbs.com and elecrow.com.  Check their sites for pricing but it is around $14 for approximately 10 5cm x 5cm boards and $25 for approximately 10 10cm x 10cm boards.  These boards are double sided with solder mask, silk screen and lead plated.  You can choose from about 5 different colours.
OSH park are made in USA, the other two are in China.
On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 7:37 AM, <rnjcurtis(at)charter.net (rnjcurtis(at)charter.net)> wrote:
[quote] I am interested in having a PC board fabricated.  I remember that someone posted a very inexpensive PC house to do this.  I was going to keep the info but somehow in the shuffeling of computers I lost it.  Can someone please help?
Thanks,
Roger


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:51 pm    Post subject: PC board fabrication Reply with quote

I'll add another vote for OSHPark. I've used them a lot and been very happy. Only once in perhaps 40-50 orders was there a production error, and they notified me by email before the boards even arrived, so I didn't waste time or components. Replacements came very quickly.
If you use Eagle for board layout, they'll accept your design file directly. All other EDA packages can simply export industry-standard Gerber and NC Drill files and upload them in a ZIP archive.
OSHPark charges $5/square inch for 2-layer and $10/square inch for 4-layer, with free shipping. 1-ounce copper only. Your board has to be pretty big before any other US board fab can compete on price, and they beat many of the Chinese fabs (and are much faster). Boards typically arrive in about 10-12 days; my most recent order was submitted on 3/10 and it was shipped today.
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[quote] I am interested in having a PC board fabricated. I remember that someone posted a very inexpensive PC house to do this. I was going to keep the info but somehow in the shuffeling of computers I lost it. Can someone please help?
Thanks,

Roger
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:10 pm    Post subject: PC board fabrication Reply with quote

CadSoft EAGLE is very popular among the Open Source Hardware and "maker" community, but I found the learning curve too steep for my limited patience; it's a very complex program. EAGLE's free hobbyist license allows 10x16 cm boards with up to six signal layers. http://bit.ly/1bj6Dr5
I switched to DipTrace and have never looked back. I found it much more intuitive to learn. It's also a commercial software package, but their free "non-profit" license allows two-signal-layer boards (unlimited plane layers), up to 500 pins and no limits on board dimensions. There's a nice set of videos on the website explaining how it works and a useful PDF tutorial document. http://bit.ly/1DDr26l
There are many others; I'm sure someone will chime in with more options.

Eric

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I use oshpark.com for small boards, they charge $5 per square inch and you get three boards for that. The boards are purple, double sided with solder mask, silk screen and gold plating.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:10 pm    Post subject: PC board fabrication Reply with quote

I use Eagle, it is free and very commonly used so if adapting designs from others is part of what you are doing then it is great.

The negative with Eagle is that it does not work like any other Windows app and requires considerable time to learn.  One example of this is if you want to delete something you click delete and then click the object you want to delete, this is the opposite of how most other apps work.
The free version will do a two layer board up to 8cm x 5cm (just under 3 inches x 2 inches) so OK for most things especially if you are using SMD components.


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I switched to DipTrace and have never looked back.  I found it much more intuitive to learn.  It's also a commercial software package, but their free "non-profit" license allows two-signal-layer boards (unlimited plane layers), up to 500 pins and no limits on board dimensions.  There's a nice set of videos on the website explaining how it works and a useful PDF tutorial document.  http://bit.ly/1DDr26l
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: PC board fabrication Reply with quote

Hi...i am a new user here. Only once in perhaps 40-50 orders was there a production error, and they notified me by email before the boards even arrived, so I didn't waste time or components. Replacements came very quickly.If you use Eagle for board layout, they'll accept your design file directly. All other EDA packages can simply export industry-standard Gerber and NC Drill files and upload them in a ZIP archive.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:13 am    Post subject: Re: PC board fabrication Reply with quote

Hey, there are a lot of companies that are doing such a job. It is not hard to make a click on Google and to find a good team. As others said, there are good prices and bad quality, and there are big prices and good quality, it depends only one you. It is like finding a good software optimizer, there are, best pc optimizer, there are also the worst pc optimizer, it depends on how much you are ready to pay. Good luck to you!

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