[time-nuts] PCB costs and suggestions for suppliers

Patrick optomatic at rogers.com
Tue Jul 8 13:07:00 EDT 2008


Hey David

I asked a similar question about a couple of months ago in this thread:
[time-nuts] PCB design questions thread II


I got lots of great answers. I copied some samples for you below. Please let me now if you need the whole thread forwarded-Patrick

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Cheapest place I've come across for easy boards with 10mil or large lines
is this one, but I've not used them yet (probably next month I will):

http://www.futurlec.com/PCBService.shtml

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for guaranteed product quality, including choice of material (FR4 choices,  
Getec, etc), tight impedance control, cleanliness (to reduce loss tangent  
especially for high-frequency performance), and documentation including  
solder-samples and cross-sections etc, try:
 
  _http://www.titanpcb.com/about_us/Titan_West.asp_ 
(http://www.titanpcb.com/about_us/Titan_West.asp) 
 
Not the cheapest, but great for "professional" proto's when quality trumps  
cost (above 1GHz, one source FR4 is totally different from another  sources 
FR4...)
 
expresspcb.com works well for low cost, quick-turn proto's.


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I've had good experiences with www.pcbex.com.  A little cheaper than
pcbfabexpress (which I've also used and recommend).  Batchpcb (which someone
else mentioned) has been good for 1-off boards if they aren't too big -- 
sometimes
I've gotten boards which aren't sheared quite square, but that's 
basically a cosmetic
problem.


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These are the ones we've used. I am sure there are many others.
Prototypes -- www.pcbfabexpress.com
Production -- www.pcbnet.com

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For one-off PCBs, I've had good luck with www.batchpcb.com .  They work by
panelizing different orders together


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http://www.pcb123.com/
http://www.expresspcb.com/index.htm



David C. Partridge wrote:
> I'm looking to get a PCB made up for my frequency divider circuit.   I'm
> based in the UK.   So far the best price I've found is about 160 Euro plus
> tax and delivery for one 5" (127mm) by 3.5" (88.9mm) 4-layer board (from
> PCB-Pool).   As I've not had a PCB made up in the last twenty odd years, I
> don't know if this is typical, or whether I should be able to get a better
> price.
>
> I tried setting it up as a two layer board, but it was far too much pain - I
> wanted an unbroken ground plane, and couldn't come up with a workable
> routing.
>
> If I get it made in the USA, the saving will need to be significant to cover
> the additional shipping costs and UK import duty, tax and handling charges.
>
> Any guidance on where to go, and what level of pricing I should expect is
> greatly appreciated.
>
> Cheers,
> David Partridge
>
>
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