[time-nuts] Working with SMT parts.
shalimr9 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 13 09:13:11 EDT 2016
I did not know Futurlec accepted ExpressPCB files, so I checked.
The equivalent to ExpressPCB mini board pro service (2 sided, solder mask
and silk screen, 3 pieces, same size) is $86 + shipping and one week to
shipment. ExpressPCB is $75 in 3-4 days in your mailbox including FedEx
(they do offer cheaper/slower delivery methods).
I did not check other dimensions/quantities.
On Sat, Aug 13, 2016 at 2:14 AM, wb6bnq <wb6bnq at cox.net> wrote:
> Hello Orin,
> Like I mentioned before http://www.futurlec.com/PCBService.shtml will
> accept the ExpressPCB program file and their prices are very reasonable
> compared to having the work done through ExpressPCB themselves.
> Orin Eman wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 7:25 PM, Brooke Clarke <brooke at pacific.net> wrote:
>>> Hi Chris:
>>> ExpressPCB has very easy to use free software for schematic capture
>>> used to check the board wiring) and software for board layout including
>>> making custom components if their library of stock components does not
>>> what you need. The output file format is proprietary, which makes it
>>> interesting that Far Circuits can read it.
>>> I just have not wanted to go through learning curve for Gerber files and
>>> all the associated stuff (maybe drilling, silk screen, solder mask) which
>>> is very easy to do with ExpressPCB.
>> I did my first 'CAD' PCB with EasyTrax... a DOS program. Must have been
>> about 1998 as that's the copyright date I put on the board.
>> Believe me, getting any of the current programs to produce gerber files is
>> trivial compared to using EasyTrax and making it produce gerber files. In
>> fact, I usually us itead.cc for small boards and they provide the script
>> produce gerber files from Eagle, which is what I currently use. I've also
>> used OSH Park and you can simply send an Eagle board file to them; just as
>> easy as using ExpressPCB without the expensive tie-in.
>> I must admit ExpressPCB leaves me with a sour taste - many published
>> projects seem to use them as I suppose the author liked the free
>> software. But then everyone that uses the ExpressPCB files that the
>> supplies pays the ExpressPCB premium. $300 in one case and the boards
>> weren't even flat!
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