PCB supplier - low volume - small board

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I realize that any PCB CAD or supplier question eventually ends up with everything recommended, but here goes.

I'm thinking doubled sided about 1.5x3 inches, silk screen on top, solder masks, the usual. In lots of 250 about 4 times per year (so NRE only on the first batch). 2 to 4 week turn time.

I've already done the prototypes with BatchPCB and they use Gold Phoenix, and I've used any number of other vendors over the years, but I think I should see what other folks might be doing.

Also, its been a few years since I've ordered in this quantity so I'm wondering what prices are like now.

I don't want to wade through all the specials on all the supplier websites so I'm looking for personal experience with actual orders in this range.

Smiley

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I did a bit of shopping around a few months ago and went with Gold Phoenix also. 155 sq. in. (1000 sq. cm.) 2-sided for $110. I ended up getting almost twice as many boards as was promised. Everything went smoothly and I'd use them again. But I'm also interested in hearing about alternatives.

Mike

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With PCBCART you get a quote on line, just fill in the necessary info and get the quote for the quantity required and also suggestions for other more economical runs. If you like the price you buy them (paypal payment) otherwise you exit the site

You need to register first before using the quoting system.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

https://www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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ExpressPCB for their normal 10 day process would charge $558 for 250 pcs, including 2nd day air shipping. I use them a lot, and they do an excellent quality board and have great customer service.

Tom Pappano
Tulsa, Oklahoma

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tpappano wrote:
ExpressPCB for their normal 10 day process would charge $558 for 250 pcs, including 2nd day air shipping. I use them a lot, and they do an excellent quality board and have great customer service.
Doesn't ExpressPCB use their own software? The last time I looked I didn't see where they accepted Gerber files.

Smiley

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Yes they do have proprietary file formats on their free software. I'm not sure if they can take Gerbers, but customer service answers questions via email very fast.

Tom Pappano
Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Do you have try http://www.myropcb.com/
They are online calculator and they are low start cost.
Well if you use 8 day for PCB. I have use them for 5 years form 5 to 1000 boards, 35um to 105um, 2 to 4 side.
No problem with quality and if they are some mistake very quick to fix it.
Thierry

Thierry Pottier

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I should also mention my supplier for my "recognized" parts and complex multilayer boards is Q-Fab in Irving, TX (ExpressPCB is not a UL shop). I've used Q-fab for over 20 years, and they do excellent work. They provide a wide array of services, but their normal lead is 4 wks. Pricing in quantity is competitive with ExpressPCB.

Tom Pappano
Tulsa, Oklahoma

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do you care about supporting an American business? If so - I strongly recommend Sunstone Circuits. Great company - I use them pretty much exclusively. You'll probably get a slightly better price overseas though.

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I was going to suggest http://www.ladyada.net/library/p... but most of the prices aren't that great.

TPE wrote:
Do you have try http://www.myropcb.com/
They are online calculator and they are low start cost.
Well if you use 8 day for PCB. I have use them for 5 years form 5 to 1000 boards, 35um to 105um, 2 to 4 side.
No problem with quality and if they are some mistake very quick to fix it.
Thierry

Agreed, I just quoted 1.3x3" 250 pieces, one week turn, and the cost is $0.63 per raw PCB. Total including NRE, shipping, etc. is $274

I'm assuming the board doesn't require e-test, if it does it roughly doubles the price.

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Myro also gets my vote. They offer the best prices for anything higher than 25 pcs. Quality of the pcb is slightly better than goldpheonix. Email support is also very prompt and good.

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I use Gold Phoenix for private jobs if it fits in their $110 special (used to be $90). Once the quantity goes up, though, they're no cheaper than anyone else. For official jobs I use imagineering, as recommended by SteveN above. Imagineering do have online quote/ordering, and an interesting pricing structure - it costs about the same to get 5, 10, 25 or 100 boards as one. (Ok, you pay maybe a buck a board extra). You can play with the online quote and try all kinds of options without committing yourself. Overnight Fed-Ex is included in the cost. I've used their same-day service for rush jobs but generally I take the 1 week option.