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  1. Sadlercomfort

    Sadlercomfort Ash

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    I'd like to discuss what manufacturers produce the cheapest custom PCB's for hobbyists. There are lots of online company which say they are low cost, but tend to be quite expensive. I know its hard to get low prices for such small orders. A 2x2inch board would be nice.



    There may be a similar thread like this, but I haven't found one as of yet.

    Ash
     
  2. OLIVE2222

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    I use those guys time to time:
    http://www.seeedstudio.com/service/

    They deliver nice value for money pcb's. It's 10$ for 5 pces of 5X5 cm 1or2 layer PCB.
    They are delivered in around 3 weeks (to Belgium)

    cheers,
    Olivier
     
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  3. Sadlercomfort

    Sadlercomfort Ash

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    That looks reasonable,

    Thanks Olivier
     
  4. BobK

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    OshPark will give you 3 boards 2x2 in for $20. The boards are excellent quality 2 sided with silk-screen and solder mask.

    Edit: It looks like Olivier has me beat! Is that really $10 for 5 boards, or $10 each for 5 boards?

    Bob
     
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  5. Sadlercomfort

    Sadlercomfort Ash

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    No I've obtained a quote for a 5cm x 5cm [2" x 2" approx], it really is $10 for 5 boards. Not only that, if you select 2 layers its still $10 for 5 boards.


    I'm uk so thats £6 for me

    Awesome
     
  6. Supercap2F

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    If you order 10 boards at 5cm x 5cm 2 layers it's still $10.

    Dan
     
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  7. Arouse1973

    Arouse1973 Adam

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    For UK either PCB Pool or PCB train. You can order online with PCB train and up load gerber all in one. They will also assemble tricky parts for you like SMD components and all SMD caps and resistors are free. I have used them for many years.
    Adam
     
  8. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    I have sent them email to see if they can do my board size , and if they can handle the PROTEL 99 SE files
    Going by their approximate prices, I would save ~ AU$250 for 25 boards on what they cost me to get done locally

    25 boards @ 13cm x 26.5cm, double sided, screen printed, lacquered finish on track side cost me ~ $550 locally

    wish I could find some one local with a better price

    cheers
    Dave
     
  9. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    I have just sent of 3 emails to local Australian companies with a basic request to see if they can do what I need
    will be interesting to see their pricing

    Dave
     
  10. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    There's an Australian guy working out of Shenzen who does the OshPark sort of thing. (It's Hackvana)

    There was an informal discussion of this on the mailing list of my local hackerspace. The guy running Hackvana is a member of their mailing list.

    Read the thread here.

    And I will also be interested in the results of Dave's enquiries...
     
  11. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    Thanks Steve ...have also sent them an email :)

    D
     
  12. OLIVE2222

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    @Dave, don't know about Protel file but it should be possible to generate, CAD package independent, Gerber files.
    @Dan, 1 or 2 layer is the same price because the 1 layer process almost disappear being fitted in the 2 layers board process with non plated holes and "blank" top layer.
    Olivier
     
  13. Supercap2F

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    I was pointing out that you can get 10 boards for the same price as 5. :D

    Dan
     
  14. OLIVE2222

    OLIVE2222

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    Oups, sorry need a coffee or a beer (will check with my doctor)
     
  15. Sadlercomfort

    Sadlercomfort Ash

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    Well spotted Dan ;)
     
  16. Sadlercomfort

    Sadlercomfort Ash

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    Thanks all for replying, hope this makes it to 'Promote A Post!', regards to Kris :)

    Ash
     
  17. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    Why not post it there yourself?

    That's what it's there for.
     
  18. chopnhack

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    Kris put it in "promote" link a few days ago, that is how I found it - thanks to all posters, great info!
     
  19. hevans1944

    hevans1944 Hop - AC8NS

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