Prototype PCB Manufacturers in Australia

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Hey all,

I'm looking for an Australian PCB manufacturer that specialises in fast turn around high quality prototype pcbs.

Currently I have to get a panel done at a time and this costs upwards of 400 dollars. Pretty death or glory, especially if there is a PCB design error.

What I am looking for is a manufacturer that does one off high quality prototypes. (ideally with overlay and soldermask)

I know such fab labs exist in USA, but I having trouble finding one in Australia.

If anyone can suggest a manufacturer I would be most greatful.

Thanks in advance,
oddbudman

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I use Bob in Sydney. I usually get about 3 boards for about $150

http://www.rcsradio.com.au/

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Here's a few more for you:

IMP Printed Circuits - www.imppc.com.au - SA
PCB Fast - www.pcbfast.com.au - VIC
BEC Manufacturing - www.becman.com - QLD

Cheers

Steve

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I have had my first contact with Bob just recently.

I found him condescendig, rude and underperforming.

It took him a few days to respond to initial email enquiry. Finaly when he did respond , the response was vague and when asked to please clarify he had not responded at all.

I went to BEC who responded promptly, charged me about A$80.00 more but I had access to the entire panel and could load up the panel with what ever artwork I wanted.

The panel was finished in a couple of days, well within the quoted time.

I woludn't give Bob the job ever again.

I have used IMP and NOVACREST in Adelaide in the past but they are just too expensive for prototyping purposes.( A$450 typically + 10%GST )

Additionally I have been quoted, by an offshore manufacturer, prototype prices approaching 50% of those quoted locally. I think I might go offshore the next time.
The manufacturer is located in the old East european part of the world. Used to make milspec boards for the likes of Collins Radio and local military requirements.

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I have had my first contact with Bob just recently.

I found him condescendig, rude and underperforming.

It took him a few days to respond to initial email enquiry. Finaly when he did respond , the response was vague and when asked to please clarify he had not responded at all.

I went to BEC who responded promptly, charged me about A$80.00 more but I had access to the entire panel and could load up the panel with what ever artwork I wanted.

The panel was finished in a couple of days, well within the quoted time.

I woludn't give Bob the job ever again.

I have used IMP and NOVACREST in Adelaide in the past but they are just too expensive for prototyping purposes.( A$450 typically + 10%GST )

Additionally I have been quoted, by an offshore manufacturer, prototype prices approaching 50% of those quoted locally. I think I might go offshore the next time.
The manufacturer is located in the old East european part of the world. Used to make milspec boards for the likes of Collins Radio and local military requirements.

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Try Neville at Sesame PCB
I have had good results and price from their. They are Sydney based.
8)

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Thanks for all the replies ppl. It really is much appreciated.

Furthermore, if anyone can add any others to this thread (perhaps even offshore options) it would be great. I think this is definitely a handy thread to have on the forum :)

thx again.
oddbudman

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ignoramus wrote:
I have had my first contact with Bob just recently.

I found him condescendig, rude and underperforming.

It took him a few days to respond to initial email enquiry. Finaly when he did respond , the response was vague and when asked to please clarify he had not responded at all.

Well...thats Bob :D I haven't used RCS services for many years, but I used to get boards from them some 20 years ago when they used to be in Bexley. Remember too that good old Bob did have a bad accident a while ago so his personality may have changed (for the better??). Of course you can get pretty much any of the magazine kit PCB from him even old ones.
I have been using BEC for quite a while now and apart form the odd hiccup, they are quite good...of course I have also met people that do not like their quality.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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Try GJ Lectronics in Pendle Hill, Sydney, NSW gjl.com.au

Been around for years.
Fair prices, good service, professional PCB and, generally, quick for prototypes
HTH
Ivan
realtimedesigns.com.au

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Try GJ Lectronics in Pendle Hill, Sydney

G'day Ivan, long time no see :D I know George for a long time too and of course he is just around the corner. I'll have to try him out again, just that BEC will let you populate the board with lots of different PCB.....or just one type for the same price which I find attractive for the prototypes and small runs.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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Hi-ja John! Yes, good to see you around as well.

I must admit that being able to put a number of different circuits on one panel as no extra charge is attractive...

I have not need to do that with the stuff we get done at GJL - but, since he is
'a local', it can't hurt to ask if they can offer the same service as 'the others'.

Cheers,
Ivan

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Futurlec look promising, I will give them a call later today.

On the topic of complete Panel fabrication, I have used Fastrack in the past and their boards are quite good.

There website is here:
http://www.qnpgroup.com.au/fastrack.htm

My most recent purchase from them was a 14.5"x16.5" panel with soldermask and overlay. I gave them 3 designs and they panelised it for me. Worked out well. This cost $360ex AUD. Their fabrication specs are quite nice too, down to 6mil. (one thing I do know is that they get their boards manufactured by someone else - anyone have any insight on this?)

Anyway, this thread is looking good now, thanks ppl & keep the posts coming :)

oddbudman

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Fastracks used to manufacture PCBs in their factory however over tha last four odd years they had stopped manufacturing and now only rep other manufacturers.

I undertand they have a variety of sources, each matched to a particular segment of the market.

They used to be fronted by a fellow ( i guess factory manager) who was lacking in human skills. He is no longer fronting the operation ( went into real estate sales ) and the show when I last talked to them was headed by Steve Doubilier ( if memory serves me right).

Steve used to work at the now defunct Email printed Circuits aka Printed Circuits Qld and at BEC i think.

Nice enough chap, easy to talk to.

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For ultra cheap prototyping, i suggest either Seeed studio or batchPCB. BatchPCB will make the PCB really cheaply, but the catch is you have to wait, because they only process panels, makes it cheaper i guess. They fill up a panel with individual orders, and once it's full they process it and ship it out, prices end up being $5 - $15 a board, depending on how big it is.

Seeed studio will also do them fairly cheap, plus you can get different colour solder masks (yellow, blue, red etc), prices are: $20 for 5cm/5cm board, and $40 for 10cm x 10cm (maximum, they will cut to smaller sizes) and you get 10 peices.

In terms of turnaround, Seeed studio is much faster 1-2 weeks, BatchPCB can take up to a month >.< But at that price, it's to be expected :)

http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot...

http://batchpcb.com/index.php/Pr...

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You could also check out www.circut.com.au

Is Bob still around?

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I've used futurelec http://www.futurlec.com.au/PCBService.jsp and was well happy with the service. They email you a PDF of the layers to check before committing.

They only to 20/20 track spacing though and there's a $40 setup charge so it makes sense to do multiples or gang a few designs on one panel.

Scattered showers my arse -- Noah, 2348BC.
Rob Gray, old fart, nature photographer, embedded hardware/software designer, and serial motorhome builder, www.robgray.com

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20 mil? That isn't a lot of use. I can manage 8/8 on my home-made PCBs.

Leon Heller G1HSM

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Graynomad wrote:
I've used futurelec http://www.futurlec.com.au/PCBService.jsp and was well happy with the service. They email you a PDF of the layers to check before committing.

They only to 20/20 track spacing though and there's a $40 setup charge so it makes sense to do multiples or gang a few designs on one panel.

Futurlec actually uses an overseas PCB fab I believe - it isn't done in Australia. The last PCB I had fabricated by them arrived to me from Thailand I think...)

I've since moved on to Advanced Circuits though! Their prices are quite reasonable (especially if you're a student) and they can manufacture your PCB in a matter of days if time is short... Not a huge fan of the $100AUD delivery cost... :shock:

Has anyone had any experience with QuickTurn PCB: http://quickturnpcb.co.kr/ ?

Looks like a nice alternative to AC.

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WOW a 6 year old thread comes back to life. :?

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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Indeed...
The sad (erhem I mean 'remarkable' ;-) ) thing is that most of the small players are still around!
Cieers
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King Credie Technology Limited specializes in PCB Express Prototyping, Small/Medium volume Production and PCB assembly service.

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js wrote:
WOW a 6 year old thread comes back to life. :?

Now the 8 year old thread has been reborn!

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Linda, random posting in forums probably won't get you many friends. It is considered impolite. There is a 'for sale' section on this forum.

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I kept one post and deleted the rest, as Kartman says "It is considered impolite" to just keep on posting randomly.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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Actually, this thread has been rather useful and had it not been our "impolite" poster, I would never had found it.

I really don't mind if new companies post here, just to keep this list alive!

-- Damien

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Hi, do you still need the PCB supplier? you can try us- www.pcbgogo.com/w . Even if we are China PCB supplier, we could offer you 12 hours, 24 hours fast PCB production

if you have interest, visit us!

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After 5 years?  I would hope that one was found by now.

 

JIm

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