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Old 30th May 2003, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default Boardhouses? Who's good.

I'm looking for a boardhouse to do some prototype boards. The problem is that I don't want to spend a fortune doing so.

I'm looking for:
Two layers (top and bottom)
1 oz copper preferred (1/2 would be acceptable)
Through hold plating
sildermask (green only)
Silk screen (White)
Min hole size (20 mil to 24 mil ok, I'd prefer 16 mil or smaller)
10 mil Trace on 10 Mill Space would be more than sufficient
...and Cheap, cheap, or cheaper!

Also, they need to accept gerber or similar standard formats (Or eagle files)

So, who's had experience with some of the fast turn around lower priced houses out there? And, how do I contact houses you'd recomend?

Thanks!
Dan
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Old 29th June 2003, 12:02 AM   #2
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Try these guys

www.4pcb.com

A friend has used them for a computer audio board and saya they're OK
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Old 29th June 2003, 07:14 PM   #3
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Try these guys

www.4pcb.com

A friend has used them for a computer audio board and saya they're OK
Hi,

These guys are good, but expensive. I use them at work for multilayer boards, but it costs about $1000 every time I get protos. They have much tighter specs than I need. (They'll do 5mill space on 5mill trace!!!)

I'm looking for $10 to $25 each in low quantities...

Thanks!
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Old 29th June 2003, 08:28 PM   #4
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http://www.olimex.com/pcb/index.html
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Old 30th June 2003, 07:25 AM   #5
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I got some quotes for a 4 layer board,
6.5" x 10.75"... 20 piece lot.

Top silkscreen
Both sides soldermask green
Board Testing and NRE included in quote.

$65 per board (10 day turn)
local fab house.

$48 per board (5 week turn)
http://www.pcbpro.com

$67 per board (4 week turn)
https://www.pcbnet.com

$57 per board (3 week turn)
http://www.eprotos.com/

$131 per board (4 weeks)
http://www.4pcb.com


I noticed that www.4pcb.com
is charging 2x more than the others...
due to a high NRE of >$400
and board testing of >$400,
total $800.

If you exclude these two inflated
prices, their quote would be more
inline with the rest of the vendors.
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Old 6th August 2003, 03:21 PM   #6
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Default Found one...

Found a good(???) cheap boardhouse. I'm still waiting for the boards.

5 boards, 5 days, $14 each. Double sided FR4 .062 thick. 7Mill trace, .015 min drill, under 14inch in any direction, less than 45 sq inches. White silk, LPI green, all holes plated. No routing, scoring, single boards only for this deal.

www.eprotos.com

credit card orders only, on line ordering only. No registration required.

I'll post once I get the boards in and see how they look.

-Dan
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Old 9th September 2003, 04:48 PM   #7
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Boards are nice. Very happy with them. Fast turn and nice parts. The silk screen and solder maks isn't as nice as the 'best' board I've seen, but still very very nice.

Overall, very happy, and will order again.

Tip... ...put several board on one layout, and get multiple boards for the same price (example: Left an Right channel on one board). You'll have to cut them apart, but will save you a few$$!

Dan
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Old 9th September 2003, 09:26 PM   #8
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That's incredible - silkscreen and soldermask for $14

I don't see how they can make it doing it that cheap.
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Old 9th September 2003, 10:02 PM   #9
Rob M is offline Rob M  United States
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These guys are very cheap:

http://www.custompcb.com/

I've never used them, though, so I can't say if they're any good.
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Old 9th September 2003, 10:27 PM   #10
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I haven't seen better looking PCBs than the AlephX ones that Chad got.
It should be in the alephX board thread. I'll see if I can find the place.
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