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Cheap PCB places
January 17, 2017
12:34 AM
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I've used Seeed Studio three times for ** you don't have permission to see this link ** Sign-Up Here, and I get the boards in about two weeks or less, here in the UK, no quality problem with them.

September 12, 2015
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I have a good experience with iteadstudio, they have wide range of PCB design & fabrication with discount offers. I am really impressed with the product quality.

February 1, 2012
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[quote="jf1452":3brra2g9]For those based in the UK, I recommend ** you don't have permission to see this link ** Sign-Up Here. They offer a service called "Go Naked" which gives you a one off prototype for free, but bear in mind that the board will have no solder resist, and may not be cut to the shape you require. Their quantity prices work out a lot cheaper than PCBPool.[/quote:3brra2g9]

Hi jf1452

What about if i wanted some PCBs complex multilayer boards to you still
think that ** you don't have permission to see this link ** Sign-Up Here would be the best place to go in the UK.

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July 18, 2011
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[quote="jonpry":347vghg2]http://www.hightechproto.com has some really cheap prototype boards for non time critical applications. They have 8 layer and 4 mil drill specials if you have one of those nasty .5mm bga's or whatever.[/quote:347vghg2]

Incredible price for such high specs, will give them a try when I need a very high density pcb.

July 18, 2011
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In my most recent experience there are 3 candidates competing for the king of cheap PCB places

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seeed and itead are the same company (90% sure of that) so the quality is the same, both places are of average quality, more than good enough for prototyping, not sure if I would use them in mission critical stuff for long term.

seed and itead offer 10 pcs but have caveats based on size.

Dork quality is superb, I was blown away with their quality, but you get only 3 pcs.

Depending on the size of your PCB and the number of boards you need, each place has it's appeal. I am guessing that the average pcb order from either of the 3 places will be ~$30 with shipping included, can not go wrong with a price like that.

June 19, 2011
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** you don't have permission to see this link ** Sign-Up Here has some really cheap prototype boards for non time critical applications. They have 8 layer and 4 mil drill specials if you have one of those nasty .5mm bga's or whatever.

April 26, 2011
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Can i ask what is the Spec of PCB?

January 28, 2011
1:34 AM
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** you don't have permission to see this link ** Sign-Up Here has also cheap electronics products. Cheap PCBs are available there. This would be a good start if you're a beginner in electronics.

January 25, 2011
4:33 AM
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spirit circuits and protoexpress are nice for PCB work. Any other recommendations?

November 8, 2010
6:16 PM
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What is the Specs of PCB? Thank you...

October 1, 2010
3:33 AM
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I recommend ** you don't have permission to see this link ** Sign-Up Here

January 13, 2010
3:17 PM
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My woes dissipated as my electronic rep dropped off a development board with the said BGA soldered on and I hacked the dev board into my prototype.

Now who should I use for the real production run of about 200? I am not looking for the cheapest at all - it is all too easy to be penny-wise pound foolish. What I want is for the boards to actually work, reliable, durable and a very low rejection rate. I am ethnically Chinese and would have no difficulties communicating with a vendor in China, but it can be hard to find the rare one with an emphasis on quality instead of on cut-throat pricing.

January 8, 2010
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I have the pleasure of prototyping 0.5mm pitch BGA's. Only 12 pins (4 x 3) and the whole chip is 2mm x 1.5mm small. Where on earth would I be able to find a prototype PCB fabricator which would make a 4 layer board with micro vias which let me gain access to the crucial 2 inner balls?

December 7, 2009
2:56 PM
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seedstudio looks great, the specs are really nice; 6 mil space/trace, 10mil drill. Thanks for the post, I will give them a try

December 7, 2009
11:37 AM
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I find the seeedstudio.com "Depot: open source hardware store" a fascinating idea. I'm thinking about posting some of my hobby prototype PCBs there. What do you think about it?

I made a list of PCB fabricators that includes a few bits of information useful to PCB designers: preferred trace widths, trace spacings, via diameters, etc. Please help me keep this list of PCB places up-to-date:
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November 13, 2009
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For those based in the UK, I recommend ** you don't have permission to see this link ** Sign-Up Here. They offer a service called "Go Naked" which gives you a one off prototype for free, but bear in mind that the board will have no solder resist, and may not be cut to the shape you require. Their quantity prices work out a lot cheaper than PCBPool.

November 11, 2009
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I gave PCBPOOL a try, they are offering free SMD stencils with every PCB order and I wanted one for the 56 pin QFN package. Pricing on 4 PCBs were competitive with other places. I got the boards, wow they look fantastic. The PCB has a matte+silk looking finish, they have this special tinning that is also matte and matches the boards finish. With the special tinning, the pads are super duper flat, flatter than using normal tin finish. The special tinning might be a bit too thin as I noticed that on one of my big pads, the tinning did not cover it 100%. From an aesthetic point of view they look like the best quality of boards I have ever gotten, however the silkscreen is below par, for fine text it is impossible to read.

I soldered up 1 board and have not run into any problems with the PCB. It is also worth mentioning that their online ordering system is very good. Their shipping is the most reasonable of any place I have used, they have an option of using USPS for ~ $10.

I called them twice and the phone got picked up, but it was just a general secretary, she forwarded me to the PCB guy but both times I got voicemail. I think the technical staff is located outside of USA so they are are at home sleeping when I am working. Email support is quite good, I had an issue with a hole cutting a track, they emailed me and I asked them to not drill the hole, they did not charge me extra for modifying the pcb.

For 5 -10 pcs I will give my business to PCBPOOL, for higher quantity I will stick with MyroPCB.

August 27, 2009
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I also hear good things about olimex, specs look good and pricing is great for protos. I will have to give them a try and see if they can knock off Myro as my fav PCB place.

August 24, 2009
12:35 PM
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I've had pretty good luck with E-TekNet
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Their volume pricing isn't bad either.

July 1, 2009
11:44 AM
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expresspcb.com (not to be confused with pcbexpress) gives you free schematic capture and layout software that is easy to master. I have used them several times for one-of-kind and special test jig boards (so I can route microscopic pins to ones that I can see). Their miniboard service will set you back a mere $59 with shipping (for 3 boards) if you can fit your design into their strict format. I can testify to their ease of use, competitive price, fast turnaround, and quality results. The catch is that their tools only work with their service. They also offer production service, but I imagine that may not be the most economical (depending on scale). For prototyping however, they cannot be beat.

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