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PCB Prototyping

Postby rhys » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:14 pm

Any recommendations for one off PCB prototypes? All the places I'm finding are a minimum 3 units and pricing isn't great. I would just use breadboard, but most of the IC's only come in surface mount varieties.
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Re: PCB Prototyping

Postby rocketscream » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:24 am

You can't go wrong with Laen's service: http://dorkbotpdx.org/wiki/pcb_order

We used them for our prototypes. It's fast if you are in the USA and it's even better now as he sends out the panel once it's full. It's about 9 days from the panel ship out date to get your PCB (if you are in US). ENIG finish with purple solder mask. Sexy!

But obviously there's Seeedstudio and Iteadstudio super low cost service too. But, we have yet to try them.

Other than that, we used http://www.circuit-mart.com when we can't afford to wait for long shipment time from US (Laen's service).
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Re: PCB Prototyping

Postby nevinlee » Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:24 am

I will recommend you online shops to get PCB prototype. You will find PCB at really great price there.
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Re: PCB Prototyping

Postby redwire » Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:54 am

It really depends on a few things.... how big the pcb is, how long you can wait...
I use https://batchpcb.com/ they are $2.50 a sq. inch and very slow delivery, but low cost. Once you get up to ~16in^2, they are not competitive but great for small smt breakouts etc.
This is a great cost tool to compare proto pcb houses: http://www.ladyada.net/library/pcb/costcalc.html
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