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Old 1st February 2004, 02:28 AM   #1
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Default Where to get PCBs done in UK?

Hi all!

I am looking for a place to get a PCB done but I don't know where to go.

My board is 5" x 5" simple face and doesn't need to be drilled.
It should also be either "tinned" (not sure of the english term for when you have the tracks covered with a layer of tin) or even better, have a solder mask.
I am looking for a figure in the odd of 7.50 with the cost of the board included.

Can you help?
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Old 1st February 2004, 08:58 AM   #2
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Very low volume PCB manufacturing in the UK is going to be expensive. Your target price of 7.50 is only going to happen if you order a large quantity of boards.

PCB-Pool (based in Ireland) offers very good rates and has a cost calculator on their website:
http://www.pcb-pool.com/uk_index.htm

Here's a typical price from them:
Single sided prototype board 125mm x 125mm: 38 EUR
Soldermask: 17.00 EUR
Silkscreen: 17.00 EUR
Overdelivery: 19.03 EUR (additional boards)
Test: 18.75 EUR

You can halve those prices by using Olimex in Bulgaria:
http://www.olimex.com/index.html

If your design is relativly simple then I suggest you look at makng it yourself. There's plenty of info to be found on this site if you use the search.

Nice one,
David.
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Old 1st February 2004, 10:03 AM   #3
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Thanks you David for this useful information.

Yes, it is a simple design but I cannot afford to invest into PCB hardware as I study at 1000 miles away from home (France) and I will have to bring back all my possessions back there eventually so I need to limit those to the max. Also, I can't really picture myself making PCBs in a 12x12 bedroom. Soldering is bad enough...

As I said above, it is a simple design and I am not willing to pay 40 (best quote from pcb-pool without shipping), where I can get the job done in France for about 10 (tinned as well).

I'll keep looking for something nearer, but if not...
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Old 1st February 2004, 09:19 PM   #4
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Hello

You could try this place

http://www.rak.co.uk

Whilst I was on work experience last year my colleagues always used RAK to make up small quantites of PCBs for prototyping purposes. I always thought they were good quality and reasonably cheap. Though I never used them myself because I havent needed to, yet.

Hope that link helps
Mark.
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Old 1st February 2004, 09:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for your input Mark

I will check it out when I get a minute
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Old 6th February 2004, 06:02 AM   #6
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You might also try:Imprelec (01100 Oyonnax,France;tel:33-474730366/fax 33474730085)Then make single boards not too expensive,good quality but min order 20 euro,if I remember correct
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