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Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« on: December 29, 2009, 01:01:35 AM »
Hi all, i was just wondering if anyone here has had experience in getting pcbs manufactured in low quantity.
I have a board that is about 64x64mm double sided and i am trying to figure out whether i should go for a manufacturer to make my pcb's or whether i should just make them myself. I only need 2 or 3.

I have been looking around at many different pcb houses and the cheapest i could find was sparkfuns pcb service coming in at about $15 a board...

Please, if you have any experience in this area please let me know who you used, how many boards and how much it cost.

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009, 01:06:55 AM »
well the biggest problem is the set up fee. I contacted one once but it was really expensive about 50 a board.

By the way what are you making/ designing.

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2009, 01:18:41 AM »
I'm just looking at designing a board based around the mega32...
The setup fee isn't too bad at sparkfun, actually... I don't think there is one...
It's just a flat $2.50/sq" but the shipping would kill me, hence why it isn't recommended for international customers. :(
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2009, 01:22:00 AM »
when put some thing into my carrt it was only 3.44 shipping

i'l have a look around to

is it cheaper to get more?

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009, 01:26:21 AM »
do you want silk screen?

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009, 01:53:15 AM »
Nah, silkscreen wont be needed, its only a prototype...
The boards price comes down the more you order.
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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2009, 01:56:43 AM »
well if you want send me the design, i'll have a look and if i like it i'll buy a couple to have a play with.

What do you think.

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oh and i checked futurlec and there prices are crazy.(18 buck setup)

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009, 02:05:44 AM »
Yeah, when im finished the design ill send you a copy..
I gotta get used to the chip first.
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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2009, 02:26:28 AM »
how many pins 44?

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2009, 02:30:42 AM »
Yes.
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2009, 02:41:34 AM »
i found this place in SA. I expect it is expensice but when you have finishe the design email them with all the details. I have contacted them before and they ask -finish-silk screen- holes-assembly etc.

i wouldnt know how expensive they are but they are australian based so you never know.

http://www.imppc.com.au/

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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2009, 02:49:50 AM »
found another Au based place.

and a very detailed free quote system and you can choose colour and every thing, againg i dont know about the price but its worth a look.

http://www.pcbws.com.au/

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2009, 03:55:22 AM »
Well, ive looked at about 10-15 different places over the past few days and decided i might just etch the first few designs myself as that will cost me a couple of bucks and i get to evaluate and change the design wherever i want.'
If that fails im just going to go with Batchpcb as they will only come out to $15-$20 plus shipping.
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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2009, 04:01:12 AM »
thats a good idea.

I would still greatly appreciate a copy of the design if that is possible.

Thanks Joker94

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2009, 04:11:55 AM »
Yeah, ill send one to you when im done making it.
Just a question, how long did your last futurlec order take to get to you and how much did you spend?
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« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2009, 04:34:11 AM »
well both orders pretty much 10 working days.

1st order 96

2nd order 48

Why the cost?

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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2009, 04:45:40 AM »
Well, i figured bigger orders would take longer in transit...
That's good, I'm hoping all of my stuff gets here before i leave for Sydney...
I'm going to get angry if it arrives while i'm away...
So far the stuff I've got coming that week are:
Ipod touch screen
Parkway Drive tickets
Programmer
And my futurlec order so I'm praying it all comes before the 7th of jan :-\
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« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2009, 04:49:37 AM »
well i hope it does. If it doesnt it will be at the post office when you get back.

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2009, 04:51:00 AM »
Do you know how long aus post keeps items before sending them back?
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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2009, 04:55:23 AM »
no sorry i dont. how long will you be away for.

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2009, 05:00:57 AM »
About 4 days. I'm sure they'll keep it.
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« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2009, 05:02:16 AM »
yeah that should be fine  :)

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2009, 10:50:50 AM »
BatchPCB??? Its only $2.50 per square inch of PCB, $10 setup fee, and like $5 shipping. The only bad thing it takes 2-3 weeks.

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Re: Experiences with pcb manufacturers?
« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2009, 05:36:42 PM »
International shipping?
About 4-5 sq inch of pcb for one board... Am i right that a board 2.5x2.5" would be 6.25"sq?

Hehe, samtec samples just got here :) one down, five to go!
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