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Low cost PCB's for proto

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Mark Shriver, Mar 11, 2010.

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  1. Mark Shriver

    Mark Shriver Guest

    What is the concensus on the best low cost PCB services for protoyping
    and small runs of basic double sided boards?

    There are so many to choose from, in Europe and China, I don't know
    where to start.

    Any recommendations?

    Mark Shriver
  2. hamilton

    hamilton Guest

    How fast do they get your boards back ?? ( that is )

  3. Charlie E.

    Charlie E. Guest

    I have been using, they are here in the states, give good
    service, and reasonable prices. Waiting for a shipment now, in fact!

  4. hamilton

    hamilton Guest

    4pcb is one of those board houses that charge and extra $50 if more then
    one design is on a pcb order.

    Their $33 special is not so special.

    You HAVE to order 4 boards ( so thats $132 ).
    If the board contains more then one design, thats an extra $50 !! ( for
    a total of $182 plus shipping)

    or if you want to step-n-repeat, thats an extra $50 !!

    I do like their 1-day (cough,cough) program though.

  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    How would they know if you'd add a few dummy traces across the area you
    want to send your saw through?

  6. hamilton

    hamilton Guest

    I have not tested how close 4pcb look.

    I just ordered a pcb from

    Its my first order with them.

    I have two 3"x4" and a 4"x5" designs in a single 4" row with .1" between
    Over all board size is 4"x12.2".

    I let you know how it looks when they come in.

    The web site showed 8 day, I don't know if that includes shipping or
    not, I'd guess not.

    So I may get this board around March 22.


    PS: I just got an email that my order is now in process.
    The email has a time of 11:18AM, so it must be Friday there.
  7. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Some of my designs look like two boards but are just one. This is
    because there is a roughly 10mm wide safety barrier. There cannot be
    anything on that barrier, no traces and not even silk screen. Mostly med
    stuff, patient isolation and so on.

    Many of those places run 24/7 in shifts.
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