[time-nuts] Working with SMT parts.

Scott McGrath scmcgrath at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 10:00:25 EDT 2016

Yes however since you are simply submitting the circuit design it makes sense that they would hold the Gerber until you bought prototypes as unless you have software to create the Gerber it has value as once you have the Gerber you can have the boards built anywhere.    They need to make a profit to stay in business after all

Content by Scott
Typos by Siri

> On Aug 11, 2016, at 11:45 PM, Chris Albertson <albertson.chris at gmail.com> wrote:
> This seems totally backwards.  Typically a Gerber file is something
> you make yourself on your computer then send it in for a prototype.
> Seems odd to buy them.
> I checked ExpressPCB prices and they are very high.  I can get PCBs
> made quickly in the US for $3 per square inch, shipping included with
> $9 minimum order.  And  you don't buy the Gerbers.
> I notice ExpressPCB offers free software.  But it is totally
> non-standard and you can't use it for anything other then for their
> service.  Most people needing free PCB software use Eagle, some use
> Kicad or some others.  But Eagle seems to be kind of a universal
> standard.
>> On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 8:55 AM, Didier Juges <shalimr9 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I concur. I have been using ExpressPCB extensively over the last 2 years
>> with great satisfaction now that it is possible to get Gerber files from
>> them.
>> I typically use the mini board pro service (3 bare boards, 2 sided with
>> solder mask and silk screen) for prototypes and then buy the Gerbers
> -- 
> Chris Albertson
> Redondo Beach, California
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