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JeffVolp

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Prototype Printed Circuit Boards
« on: October 15, 2018, 02:14:03 PM »

I know some of you develop your own circuits.  I recently was designeing an Electronic E-Unit, and needed some prototype boards.  Previously I had used Advance PCB's BareBones special, which offers 3 boards for $99.  That seemed steep for 3 boards slightly larger than my thumb.  So I did some searching and found https://www.pcbgogo.com/.

The BareBones boards are really "bare bones" with no solder mask or silk screen.  PCB GoGo delivered 10 high quality boards WITH solder mask and silk screen for $50, including shipping from China.  Delivery from when the order was placed was just one week.  (It took just one day from China to Las Vegas by DHL, and then 2 days from Vegas to St. George by USPS.)

All I can say is I am very pleased with their service, and will certainly use them again.  It is hardly worth building a hard wired breadboard when a production quality prototype PCB can be obtained so inexpensively.

Jeff
« Last Edit: October 18, 2018, 12:30:10 AM by JeffVolp »
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Re: Prototype Printed Circuit Boards
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 03:35:47 PM »

Looks good. Thanks for the tip. The fact that they accept PayPal is a good sign.
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Re: Prototype Printed Circuit Boards
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2018, 03:44:07 PM »

Looks good. Thank you for sharing your find.
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Re: Prototype Printed Circuit Boards
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2018, 09:43:50 AM »

The one time I ordered boards I had designed myself, I used OSHPark. They give you three copies of whatever you are ordering, and price by the square inch. Fully solder-masked, printed, double-sided, etc. You can order more copies (in multiples of 3), and you can also design larger boards with perforations between them to allow you to break them apart yourself.
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Re: Prototype Printed Circuit Boards
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 10:05:37 AM »

Over the years I have used 2-3 Chinese fabricators. All had good quality and reasonable prices but shipping was by slow boat or expensive air freight. All of those I've used have disappeared so I suspect I was actually dealing with brokers.
For the XTB-ESP daughterboard (which I've alluded to as WM-101 in another thread) I'm giving PCBGoGo a shot. 10 boards (1.85"x1.575") for a cost of $28 including DHL and should be here by week's end. While I found navigating their order process a bit awkward it was, all-in-all, very simple.
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