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Hi, can those in the know post up the options they have used for this?

I know at least 4 of you have some to share. This thread can make a good reference for that. As you post them up, I can copy the links/comments to this post for an easy to keep track of list.

List :
  • http://advancedcircuits.com/
  • http://www.batchpcb.com/
  • http://www.goldphoenixpcb.biz/index.php
  • http://www.advancedcircuits.co.nz/
  • http://be.thepcbshop.com/ecBusinessServices/CustomerService/vOrderScreen.aspx?RegistrationType=NonRegistered&Type=new
  • http://www.faraday-circuits.co.uk/
  • http://www.apcircuits.com/
  • Keep em coming :-)

Thanks to those that posted their experiences up!

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Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:53 pm
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The company I'm going to deal with in the near future is:

http://advancedcircuits.com/

Previously I've hand-made my boards so I'll let you know how my experience is. The software they offer is pretty decent for a freebie. They claim it to be the best free-designer.


Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:56 am
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If you're not in a hurry and just need a few boards you can use http://www.batchpcb.com/ which is associated with SparkFun.

For a few more boards, you can use the board house they use which is http://www.goldphoenixpcb.biz/index.php.

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Nice. I haven't heard of that before. I'm usually impatient but I like that you have the ability to preview a very small run of boards from the same shop that might do a large run for you. Seems like lots of people get protos through one shop and production runs through another and get burnt when they aren't as good.


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In NZ we don't have much choice really. Pretty much anyone who gets boards made here get them done at Advanced Circuits (http://www.advancedcircuits.co.nz/). They're not cheap and they're not fast (at work we have just had to wait a month to get some boards that were meant to be done in 3 days!) but their boards are of quite good quality. Prices are around the $300 mark for an A4 panel double sided and through hole plated (maybe silkscreen if you're lucky) for one-offs. Most companies here get boards made in Singapore, China, etc.


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Thanks guys! I've added your links to the first post. I also added my own one that I stumbled upon a while back. It's cheaper in numbers (suitable for a BB later perhaps) but I have no experience with it, does anyone have anything to say about it?

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Here is another that I will add to the list.

http://www.faraday-circuits.co.uk/

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We do the occasional board here, and need quick turns. A guy I trust told me this:
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Alberta Prited Circuits: http://www.apcircuits.com/

I use the Basic Prototype Service


He said it's $50 set up, and $0.65/in^2

So, for $115, you can make 100 in^2 of board, so you could make five 4"x5" boards, and only end up spending $23 each on them. And if you get it in by 10 or 11 am, it gets sent by close of business on the second day.


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Added that to the list, cheers!

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This is great. Now you need to start a thread about PCB software...


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