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July 3, 2011

PCB Fabrication House Options

at 7:54 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Eventually one of your projects will cause you to move from DIY PCB manufacturing to getting a PCB Fab company to make them for you. There are lots of them to choose from, Digital DIY has gone through a ton of PCB Fabrication House Options and provided some information to allow a good A B comparison.

“Even in small quantity, having circuit boards made can be inexpensive, if you know where to go. Making circuit boards in large quantities will further lessen the price of the board – in my experience with production boards, making ten times more boards increases the price only be a factor of two!”


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2 Responses to “PCB Fabrication House Options”

  1. Robbo Says:

    Looks like he covered most of them well. I don’t know how to use a standard PCB layout program so I opted for ExpressPCB’s easy to use free software. They have what I think are reasonable prices for making prototypes ($59-$85 including shipping). I’ve been using them for years. The have a 4 day turn around on most orders, quicker if you pay for 1 day shipping. Only thing I don’t like about their service is if you want the gerber file they produce from your drawing (made on their proprietary software) they charge you for it (I think like $60 but I could be mistaken about the amount). If you don’t mind that then I recommend them. Their software and service is easy to use albeit limited as they don’t have irregular shaped boards, they don’t offer score lines, no unplated holes, and some other stuff like limited hole sizes. http://www.expresspcb.com

    No, I don’t work for them and they didn’t pay me to say this, although they could give me a discount on my next order or free gerber files!

  2. ElectroNick Says:

    How come there is no Olimex ( http://www.olimex.com/ ) in that review? I’ve used them in the past and got great results. They may not be THE cheapest as they once were but still very affordable. I think they definitely deserve a mention.

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