OT: Any pcb houses with similar prices to Olimex

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Has any one come across a pcb house with prices as low as Olimex.
I like the solder mask, silkscreen, panelizing and multiple projects on same board; many companies discourage this (I understand their reasoning).
But the long turn around to USA and delays for boards with traces/spaces < 0,254 mm (0,010") is a real problem when prototyping.

I have had no problems when dealing with Olimex, just looking for alternatives.

Squiggy

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hi

unfortunately im presume no one is abel to beat olimex price
since here bare material cost more ...

but if you what im abel to process proto board in small Qth
at resonable price whit good dealy

price is 300$ cnd (214$ US) for a 20cm x 30 cm board including both side solder mask
this include any board shape any hole number ,multi board in a panel
im abel to made 8 mil trace 8 mil space as standard whit 8 mil drill hole
(4mil space \4mil trace is also posilbe at more cost)

or im abel to made board by scare ink it 40$ base +10$ per scare ink

board is double side plate troug hole whit polyimide solder mask
3 day turnaround (sorry no silkscreen posible)

plase note the we use milling process so it increase cost but is far most
environmet frendy since no chemical is used (exep for board plating)

Marc lalonde (C.I.D)
IPC Certified PCB Designer
WWW.ERICTRONICK.COM

MLalonde C.I.D
IPC Certified PCB Designer
WWW.Alphatronique.COM

Last Edited: Mon. May 31, 2004 - 11:39 PM
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Check this out:
http://www.futurlec.com/PCBServi...

I think their prices are almost unbeatable. A double-sided PCB 200mmX300mm comes at US$ 118. With silk-screen and solder mask it's US$ 154. Only Olimex has prices that can challenge these. Or other companies, at much larger quantities.Olimex and Futurlec are cheap for 1 (one) pcb!

That said, I did not try either service, so I know nothing about quality. Yet.

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Express PCB (http://www.expresspcb.com) provides three 2.5" x 3.8" double sided boards for $51 US plus shipping. No silkscreen or solder mask for this price.

I've used them a couple of times - the quality is real good.

My last PCB was 3.0" x 5.0" and cost $100.80 US for two boards including shipping.

Don

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Futurlec seems more useable now that you don't have to buy Protel. They've added Gerber and Eagle to the accepted formats.

On my most recent order, which was 100 x 160 mm DS, with mask and screen, Olimex got $28.60 (I had extra holes), and Futurlec quotes $78.40.

Futurlec is apparently in Australia, so shipping to me in the USA might be similar.

There was one inconvenience with Olimex, he needed me to fax him my order form. I had to find a fax machine with international calling priveleges.

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I've had good luck with Advanced Circuits at 4pcb.com - use the "$33 each for 3" deal and the prices are pretty good! Alas the website is down right now - you can get some of the details at https://www.freedfm.com (look at banner ads - Advanced Circuits runs this site).

-Colin

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Thanks all.
I was hoping there was a inexpensive PCB house out there I hadn’t heard about.

I have used Advanced Circuits when someone else is footing the bill and Olimex for my own (nonpaying projects) and when I have a the luxury of long lead times with good results.

squiggy

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for pcb pool, a double sidded euro size board, with solder mask will go for under $50 without shipping. i got one next day shipping larger than a euro size board. with vias, solder mask, for under $100, and if you use a less costly shipping cost is dramaticaly decreased....look into it...it also accepts eagle cad files.

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The big kickers at pcbpool are component screen and soldermask at 17 Euro per side and 37 Euro for shipping to USA. My last ($36.60) Olimex order would cost almost $150.

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Hello,
I've used http://www.custompcb.com a couple of times, and have had good success. I believe that their prices are very comparable (and better when shipping is considered) than Olimex. They're in Asia I think, but ship to the USA with 2-4 day Fed-Ex for only $8 USD. In addition, they allow panelizing of boards, AND accept Eagle's native format.

And the one time there was a discrepancy with my board, they re-did the board and sent it to me for free...very straightforward.

Not affiliated with em....just a happy customer.

John O.

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I use Accutrace http://www.PCB4u.com/ in San Jose, CA. Their online prototype orders for 5 boards <20 sq. in. is $10 each for 2 layers with silkscreen. There are some fabrication limitations (limit on min hols size, no unplated holes,,,), but otherwise they provide a high quality product. I use them a lot instead of building breadboards. Turn around is 8 days or less. I've also used them for production quantites. Their online quoting for production (any quantity) is an excellent cost estimation tool.

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The www.pcb4u.com quality is pretty good - I had some boards made there when they had a min. 2 qty deal going on (can't seem to find it anymore).

Regards,

-Colin

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They changed their prototype "deal" to a minimum of 5 boards @ $10 ea. and 8-day turn. I probably ordered 40 different prototype boards in the last 2 years. All perfect except one. That mistake (their mistake) they replaced in 2 days.

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wow, im realy impressed with pcb4u. how much does shipping cost...i cant seem to find it on their website.

-nick

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You have to get to the order page (place an order) to get the shipping. $10 FedEx saver. $25 Overnight.
Warren