[chbot] pcbzone.net boards (The review...)

Mikael Stewart mikael.stewart at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 09:42:28 GMT 2010

Well, I finally had the chance to try out PCB Zone myself last week. The 
PCB I had made was a small prototype circuit for work. I only wanted one 
of these things and couldn't justify paying for an entire panel or 
wasting the time with veroboard. The result was about $75 and 1 working 
week. Image here:
http://iforce.co.nz/i/m5vx05bx.jpg ...excuse my hand soldering.

Drill and layer alignment is visibly precise, silk screen is crisp etc. 
I can't think of any other quality issues worth noting.

Unfortunately I had the website upload box stall while submitting my 
files (because of the terrible internet connection at work), so I can't 
comment on the usual transaction side of things, but it was a breeze to 
then send the files and pay through email. Very friendly service.

The board arrived suitably packaged and scratch free.

Final thoughts? For small one-off prototype designs, I don't think it's 
easy to beat the cost-to-lead time and service I experienced. The PCB 
quality meets and exceeds my expectations. I'll certainly be using them 


On 27/11/2010 9:45 a.m., Chris Hellyar wrote:
> Ur welcome... :-)
> For a last bit of trivia, the end result of the project:
> http://chris.ohmark.co.nz:81
> It does 2 channel 10 bit A-D and 12 bit temperature logging
> (PIC12F675+DS18B20)
> It's plugged into an alix SBC showing the charge voltage on the PV
> battery that powers part the LAN at home.
> Cheers, Me.
> On Thu, 2010-11-25 at 19:32 +1300, Richard Jones wrote:
>> Hi Chris,
>> Many thanks for the review, much appreciated.
>> I'm not making any PCBs at the moment, but when I do I'll be going
>> straight to the Chch Robotics archives for the low down :-)
>> Richard
>> On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 9:50 PM, Chris Hellyar<chris at trash.co.nz>
>> wrote:
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