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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Thomas A. Horsley, Feb 13, 2005.

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  1. I read a lot in this group about making your own PC boards, but as near as I
    can tell by the time I buy blanks, echant, special printer paper or UV
    lights, etc, etc, I've spent almost as much as just ordering the board made
    for me (and I get two-sided boards with plated through holes I don't have to
    drill myself :).

    I just sent off my board design for my silly cellphone ring notifier to the
    ExpressPCB.com folks, so I'll see what they look like on Thursday (that's
    when the mail says they should arrive). I was just wondering if anyone else
    has used them (or one of the many other prototype board making services that
    you can find in a web search) and what kind of experience they had with
    limited run board services like ExpressPCB?
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  2. peterken

    peterken Guest


    they look very expensive to me
    i personally used http://www.thepcbshop.com
    got professional grade boards (4 layers, both sides soldermask and
    silkscreen, routing downto .05" width/spacing, plated through, pads tin
    plated, viasize .16") for less than 1/3 of their prices...
    just an idea
     
  3. Howard Long

    Howard Long Guest

    in message
    I have used them a number of times here in the UK. Their turnaround times
    are about the same as for European manufacturers. The quality of the boards
    is excellent, especially the production service.

    The only problems are (a) it's not cheap and (b) as far as I know you're
    limited to using ExpressPCB for your designs - there is no way to export to,
    say, Gerber files, or generate your own transparencies. This second part is
    quite a smart business model - few will want to redesign their entire PCB
    all over again in a new package.

    Regards, Howard
     
  4. Jim Douglas

    Jim Douglas Guest

    I thought it was too much $$$.
     
  5. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Hi Howard,

    I have been successful at generating printouts of the art work using
    pcbexpress (single sided boards only) and transferring it to a pcboard using
    a laser printer (or copier) and a hot iron. Then I can drill, etch and
    stuff my own boards.

    Joe
     
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