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Where do hobbyists order low-cost boards from? [message #161495] Sun, 21 June 2015 23:07 Go to next message
Logyx
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Registered: May 2015
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I assume there are DIY hobbyists here and not just pros, so where do you
order your (Eagle-designed) PCBs from without paying excessive amounts
of money?

I'm in the process of designing several small boards in the freeware
version of Eagle, and not having the gear (and mixed past results) for
etching my own (and not finding anyone who transfers PCBs from magazine
articles etc. via the "old fashioned way") I thought I'd order them
professionaly made instead.
These are mostly one-off boards, but for some I'll be needing 2 or 3
identical boards.
Since I haven't found anything really cheap online I was wondering where
hobbyists order them from?
Re: Where do hobbyists order low-cost boards from? [message #161496 is a reply to message #161495] Mon, 22 June 2015 03:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michael Wylie
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Registered: May 2014
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Price depends upon the complexity of your board, but I like:
http://www.seeedstudio.com/service/

Choose either Fusion PCB or Premium depending upon your specs.

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Re: Where do hobbyists order low-cost boards from? [message #161497 is a reply to message #161495] Mon, 22 June 2015 03:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
John Beetem
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Registered: February 2014
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Here's a long thread on the subject:
http://www.element14.com/community/message/14587/l/cheapest-pcb-makers-low- volume
(/message/14587/l/cheapest-pcb-makers-low-volume)

I've heard good things about https://www.oshpark.com/

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Re: Where do hobbyists order low-cost boards from? [message #161498 is a reply to message #161495] Mon, 22 June 2015 04:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Douglas Wong
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I use iMall at iteadstudio - very similar to seeedstudio.
http://imall.iteadstudio.com/open-pcb/pcb-prototyping.html

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Re: Where do hobbyists order low-cost boards from? [message #164500 is a reply to message #161495] Mon, 21 December 2015 13:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
sunny duan
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Registered: December 2015
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Re: Where do hobbyists order low-cost boards from? [message #164501 is a reply to message #161495] Mon, 21 December 2015 14:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bob Alexander
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Registered: April 2014
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Use the price-comparison site PCBShopper.com (http://PCBShopper.com/).
You enter your board's specs and it tells you prices and delivery times
from 25 different PCB manufacturers, including the best-known companies
in Asia, North America, and Europe. You can also read and write
Amazon-style reviews of the companies.

Full disclosure: I run the site.

- Bob Alexander

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Re: Where do hobbyists order low-cost boards from? [message #164504 is a reply to message #164501] Mon, 21 December 2015 14:53 Go to previous message
Paul Ellison
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Registered: November 2013
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PCB shopper is a really useful resource. Would highly recommend it.
Much prefer to find a well reviewed supplier of PCBs, and will actively
avoid companies who resort to spamming community forums.


Keep in mind that you are handing these people your intellectual
property. And some Asian companies are notorious for their back door
operations.

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