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gr82bdad
PostPosted: Jul 03, 2007 - 06:47 PM
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Does any one have a suggestion for a board house for inexpensive runs of 100 boards that are 30mm X 50mm? Then, is there a place that will build these boards - all SMT parts - inexpensively?

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PostPosted: Jul 03, 2007 - 07:11 PM
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Try Olimex. They can make the boards and populate them.

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PostPosted: Jul 03, 2007 - 07:21 PM
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I had good results for making boards with pcbcart.com (and cheap!), however I have no idea if they populate too..

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PostPosted: Jul 03, 2007 - 08:03 PM
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Advanced Circuits can make and stuff your boards. I've only had boards made but not stuffed, so I don't know how prices compare.

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P.S. AC is located in Colorado, USA. Your profile doesn't say where you are located, so I don't know if this helps.
 
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PostPosted: Jul 03, 2007 - 10:38 PM
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Your profile doesn't say where you are located


I fixed that. Kansas City, MO USA Thanks.

These are all great suggestions. We use advanced circuits at my real job. But not for populating. My personal budget is more in line with PCBCART.com.

Any more suggestions are welcome. But, from this list, I will try pcbcart.com first. I'm going to contact Olimex as well about populating them. It doesn't look as though pcbcart does that sort of thing.

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PostPosted: Jul 03, 2007 - 11:15 PM
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A tip with pcbcart : they seem to do the week's order on the monday, they send you a gebber file and/or a .pdf with the layers on monday via email, and if you reply quickly enough to confirm you could get into that batch and receive the boards 4 days later (I'm in europe). So the 8 days lead can be a lot quicker...

I heard mentioned there is another cheap china based operation with a 'contact' in Canada; I don't have the name at the moment but I will post it later when I do.

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PostPosted: Jul 03, 2007 - 11:36 PM
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I've been very pleased with the results / prices from Myro - they've got an office in Canada but orders are done in China.

http://www.myropcb.com/

forgot to mention - they also do assembly - you can have them mount standard parts that they have in stock, or send them the parts to do it all.


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PostPosted: Jul 04, 2007 - 12:43 AM
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I've only had boards made but not stuffed,
You are so fortunate..... Laughing some people do really "stuff" boards...

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PostPosted: Jul 04, 2007 - 05:13 AM
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monkeytech wrote:
I've been very pleased with the results / prices from Myro - they've got an office in Canada but orders are done in China.

http://www.myropcb.com/

forgot to mention - they also do assembly - you can have them mount standard parts that they have in stock, or send them the parts to do it all.


Holy sh*t, I just spilt my milk.

myropcb takes the crown as the cheapest place to get pcbs made. I was with goldpheonix for the last 2 years, now I am going to give myropcb a try.

Ty monkey.

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PostPosted: Jul 07, 2007 - 06:29 AM
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www.ezpcb.com is good too. I get all my prototypes and production runs from them.

Oh, and they have a deal right now where they will assemble the board (depending on component count) for $50US.

wow...
 
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PostPosted: Jul 07, 2007 - 11:19 AM
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ezpcb.com looks to have a great selection if service (stencils etc)... however for prototyping their tooling price is $50 (!) so for a small run of 5 boards, pcbcart is almost $40 cheaper...

Good thread tho, the more choice, the better Very Happy

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PostPosted: Jul 08, 2007 - 01:50 AM
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I just recently had 20 12"x12" 2 sided PCBs made by [**SPAM**]. They did them for about $20 each, which was significantly cheaper than every single other place that I checked with.
 
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PostPosted: Jul 08, 2007 - 11:09 PM
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monkeytech wrote:
I've been very pleased with the results / prices from Myro - they've got an office in Canada but orders are done in China.

http://www.myropcb.com/

forgot to mention - they also do assembly - you can have them mount standard parts that they have in stock, or send them the parts to do it all.


Used them some time back with some 2 layer cards.
Could recomend them, nice looking cards.

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PostPosted: Jul 09, 2007 - 09:21 AM
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Here are pictures of what I got from pcbcart.com. The one thing I noticed is that the board seems 'brittle' ie more hard/rigid/glass-like that what I've see on other commercial boards. but I have nothing to compare it to from me, these are my first two boards Very Happy

Otherwise I showed them to the in house real hardware guy and he said they were very good quality.



 
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PostPosted: Jul 09, 2007 - 10:08 PM
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buserror wrote:
The one thing I noticed is that the board seems 'brittle' ie more hard/rigid/glass-like that what I've see on other commercial boards. but I have nothing to compare it to from me, these are my first two boards Very Happy


If you can spare a card, you can do a "flex"-test just for fun.

Take a card and see how much you can bend the card before the copper lines gets broken and then how much before the entire card breaks.

Most cards are actually quite hard to break Cool
unless it is a very important card with no substitute Laughing

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PostPosted: Jul 10, 2007 - 08:15 AM
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Dunno if someone already mentioned them, but I used speedypcb_com once, and they were fast 'n cheap. I had five 89x300mm boards made, 4 layers, silk screen on both sides, black solder mask.. Price inclusive of shipping to Denmark: 249 USD.
Don't know about the prices of other suggestions, but compared to standard Danish prices, that's just dirt cheap. And the quality was excellent.
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PostPosted: Jul 10, 2007 - 08:16 AM
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PostPosted: Jul 10, 2007 - 01:14 PM
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I use expressPCB. They give you a crude, but functional schematic/pcb software package that works pretty well.

Buserror,
Those boards look pretty good!

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PostPosted: Jul 10, 2007 - 04:14 PM
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I got a quote from Myro last night for stuffing my board. I spilled my beer. I'm putting together a real package for them now to test them out. 100 bare PCBs (30X50mm), stuffed with the parts I send them (mega48 and 20 other SMT items) for less than US$5 each board! That's hard to pass up.

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PostPosted: Jul 10, 2007 - 04:19 PM
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At the office we use Delta Circuits. But they are definitely out of my price range for a moonlighting project.

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