Low-cost (Asia?) PCB Assembly Houses

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Dear all,

I am looking to assemble 50 or so simple boards (10 line items, about 30 components, 0603 or larger, all SMT except a connector. No DFN or BGA parts), maybe 100 if that's the MOQ and it's a good price. Since it's a holiday project and my Dad is the "client" for his model train club, cheap is order of the day :)

Most of the threads on the subject here recommend places like http://www.screamingcircuits.com, who came in at about $1000 or so. Similar online quotes came in from $800. There is no software to load.

I am happy to wait several weeks for them to being done in Asia, if that significantly reduces the price.

What places have you used? What did you get done? Were you happy with the quality? How much did it cost you? Would you do business again with them?

-- Damien

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Hi Damien,

Although I have not used them yet myself, if I remember correctly, Phil Rowse (proficnc) recommends Effy Deal ( http://www.pcb-assembly.com.tw/ ).

Cheers,

Ross

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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Try STI phillipines... Cebu City.

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After reading lots of threads, I picked Gold Phoenix, for want of knowing any better. I'm open to somebody saying, "You can use them, but you'd do better to use..."

I'll admit, Effy Deal does have a cool looking web site.

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Thanks for the posts. I'll look into it. I've just been on holidays so I've been silent for a while :)

Keep suggestions coming (with reports on their cost/quality) - it might help some future googlers :)

-- Damien

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I used MyRO PCB in the past, for the PCB and assembling, with lots of SMD’s, a TQFP µC and some TH connectors, done in a week or three(shipment included) for 30 pieces, with a nice finish and quality. At the second batch, they made a mistake (forgot placing a few parts) and took am back on their costs, placed the missing parts and shipped back to me.

You can make an instant quote on their website.

For small quantities(prototype) I used Beta Layout, because they deliver a solder paste stencil for free(I think not anymore for free) with the PCB, and reflowed the PCB’s myself in a simple electric oven with a reflow timer.

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I use Myro, but you have to get everything right the first time around. In some orders, I had to make some last minute part changes or change the value of a passive part in a subsequent order and those changes never made it to the delivered product.

Myro has great prices and the soldering quality is quite good, but I am looking to try out other places now. I guess they are abit like eagle layout editor to me, the problems are not big enough to motivate to change vendor so I make a mental map of the landmines and try not to set them off.