[time-nuts] OT: ExpressPCB (cross-post from volts-nuts)

Bob Camp kb8tq at n1k.org
Fri Dec 9 15:07:22 EST 2016


The bottom line has always been that the outfits in China are the cheaper source for boards.
That said, right now, Advanced Circuits will sell you a single piece of a double sided board
for $33. It’s a “full feature” board with solder mask, silk screen, and a 3 day fab time. I don’t 
use their free software, but have always been quite happy with their boards.

> On Dec 9, 2016, at 2:58 PM, BIll Ezell <wje at quackers.net> wrote:
> Sorry if I'm behind the times, just did a new project that required a pcb, and ExpressPCB is my go-to vendor for one-off boards. I just noticed they now provide the low-cost boards (fixed size, 3x5, quantity 3) that I've always ordered with silk screen and solder mask for $71. I got my latest boards that way and they're beautiful. No relationship to them, just a happy customer. You can still get the barebones boards for $51. The hack I used to use was to put the component id and such on the top copper layer as tiny text, but that was a bit of a pain for layout. (Oops, can't put that label there, it's copper and there's a trace there also) Really nice to be able to get real boards, even if it does end up being ~$23/board.
> -- 
> Bill Ezell
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> Or maybe Windows 10.
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