[chbot] Where to go for quick turn PCBs?

Charles Manning cdhmanning at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 09:24:22 BST 2020

Thanks all

It's been a long time since I did a PCB (1996 or so makes that 24 years
:-)). The board turned out to be 61x61mm. I used Kicad which worked pretty
Cost NZD40 including DHL for 10 boards (same as for 5) from PCBWay.

I liked their online Gerber viewer that gives a high confidence you got
most things about right. I suppose others have a similar set up too.

Now I see how easy it is. I'll probably do a bit more.

For the curious, it is an SPI-NAND board to plug into STM32-NUCLEO eval
boards for some flash file system testing. The NUCLEO is a handy form
factor because one carrier allows me to try a wide range of different
STM32s from F3s running 100MHz up to F7s running 480MHz.



On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 5:46 PM Stephen Irons <stephen at irons.nz> wrote:

> I have always used PCBWay
> US$30 for 24-hour fabrication, US$120 for 12-hour
> US$18 for DHL 3--7 day delivery
> This includes white silkscreen and green solder mask. Any variation
> (including no silkscreen or no soldermask) either costs more or takes
> longer or both, because they are non-standard and I assume they wait for
> enough orders to make up a full-size sheet.
> I have just ordered some 1 mm thick PCBs; small size, small quantity, and
> still 24-hour fabrication. It seems that PCB thickness is not one of the
> parameters that makes for longer turnaround.
> Their online quoting tool is quite good - www.pcbway.com, and it now
> shows you the PCB after you upload the Gerbers.
> Always been happy with their PCBs. Their 24-hour turnaround took about 36
> hours last time (Covid19) and DHL delivery took slightly longer, but I had
> them in about 10 days.
> Always been happy with their SMD assembly too, though that usually takes
> 2--3 weeks.
> I will have to try JLCPCB sometime.
> Stephen Irons
> On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 16:31, Charles Manning <cdhmanning at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> Hi All
> I need to make some simple PCBs.
> Small: Approx 100x120 mm.
> Double sided, through hole plated. No silkscreen/solder mask required.
> Quantity 5 or so.
> Mainly 0.1 inch pitch parts with maybe one SOIC-16.
> I don't want to pay stupid money but I don't mind paying up to $100 for
> some speed.
> Suggestions?
> Thanks
> Charles
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