Where can i buy the cheapest PCB Prototype?
I live in denmark, Europe i dunno if it has any effect.
Any good idea would be apprectiated :D
Check out http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce... and their offerings for the Olimex boards.
These are all cost effective boards. I have used the Olimex boards and they serve my purpose.
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It depends on the spec. you need. I've used both Olimex and PCB Pool. Olimex is quite cheap, but PCB Pool's quality is a lot better and they can do multi-layer boards.
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I haven't seen PCB Pool before. I know Olimex allows for several designs on their standard size proto boards (half a Eurocard, 100x80 mm) and they offer free de-panelisation with certain restrictions (eg. cuts must be straight, parallel to the sides of the card, and go all the way through).
I had a look around the PCD Pool website but couldn't find anything about panelization/de-panelization. Do you have any knowledge/experience re this?
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We had our last prototype run made by Q-PCB:
They list Sweden in their shipping pricelist but not Denmark, but it
might be worth asking. Hope you can read the German.
Alas, shipping abroad is quite expensive. :-(
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PCB Pool only do single prototypes, no panelisation. If a board is smaller than their minimum size they can provide two or more for the same price, plus a cutting charge. All their boards are made in Germany.
Another very good service I've been using lately is PCB Train:
but it might not be economical outside the UK. Their 24 hour service for £30 (no solder-mask or silkscreen) is very good value. Quality now is excellent, it wasn't very good when I used them a few years ago.
I've been using batchpcb.com, run by SparkFun. Disadvantage is they are slow (about 3 to 4 weeks), but they are quite reasonable in small quantities. Generally after about 20 units or so you hit the cost crossover with the other prototyping services. But for just 2 or 3 boards of a single design, it is hard to beat their price. One nice thing is that the "set-up" fee applies to the *order*, not a design, so my last order was for three different designs, a few copies of each, and only paid one order fee and one shipping fee for the lot.
Of course, realize my comments on cost reflect domestic USA shipping -- you'll have to do the math for shipping to Denmark.
In addition to BatchPCB I have also used APCircuits.com and PCBexpress.com (not to be confused with Express PCB). APC and PCB Express are both quick turn around prototyping shops who do good work very quickly, but if you only want one copy of a small board they get pricey.
I use MultiPCB a lot. They have good prices for proto's with fast delivery. Also production is very affordable. You can find them at http://www.multipcb.com/
It is a German firm but they ship to Holland. On average shipping is something like 15 euro's.
http://4pcb.com/ has good prices and fast turn around if you're a student. I don't know if they ship to Europe. I haven't gotten a PCB from them yet but they are recommended a lot by the College of Electrical and Computer Eningeering at Purdue.
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I have used Gold Phoenix several times and am very satisfied. Shane, their contact, is located in Canada and is very responsive. They are also very fast, 7 - 8 calendar days.
Their deal is a little different and not good for 1 or 2 small pieces but very good if you have larger boards or need more than a few. You get as many pieces as will fit in 155 square inches (1000 square cm) for $99.00 including shipping. ($109 to Europe).
For example, if you have a 3" by 5" board, you get 10 copies, cut. These boards include soldermasks (both sides) and top silkscreen.
There are many options available for additional $$$. including multiple designs.
worth to consider also
Check also: http://www.microcirtec.com/
Try pcb-pool as Leon suggested.
Good prices & quality from Germany.
I usually go to http://www.elecfreaks.com/estore...
For 2 layer boards, you get 10 copies for $16 or $25 depending on the size. SLOW shipping (about 3 weeks). Very nice quality. No charge for different colors.
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