Prototype PCB Manufacturer - Recommendations Wanted

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I've got a really good PCB manufacturer for my production quantities but I sometimes need a more 'budget friendly' manufacturer for prototypes. The web is awash with such places but I could do with some recommendations from fellow 'freaks. I know it's a global market but I'm especially interest in the experience of fellow UK 'freaks as that'll indicate what shipping and customs is like. I don't need a super fast service, delivery in 10 days is usually fine.

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Have had good experience with Newbury Electronics / PCB Train in the past:

 

http://www.newburyelectronics.co.uk/

 

https://www.pcbtrain.co.uk/

 

(they are just up the road from here)

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I use PCBway. No complaints

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ok, not in the UK and not from the UK, but...

 

seeed studio ( and probably a number of competitors by now) have a "one stop shop"  you upload your gerbers and a BOM file and they send you assembled PCB's. I personally have never used them, prototypes I always assemble myself as we do it bit by bit and then also test those bits before continuing.

and there is "euro circuits"  they also have an assembly service now. Pricewise I do not know. with the 1,66mm PCBs they are cheap, other thicknesses they are a bit on the pricy side, but we are never having problems with them as we have had with some other PCB manufacturers.

worth a look I guess.

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jlpcb - had a few pcbs done with them. no complaints. Don't use the SF global shipping 3-5 days actually was 10 days. DHL has not let me down.

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eurocircuits --> www.eurocircuits.com , a lot of features for checking the PCB before it goes to production and an immediate price is given according to the delivery dates.

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I've used eurocircuits and jlpcb, both are ok. JLPCB is cheaper, and is good for regular stuff. I used eurocircuits for a more specialized UV LED array assembled in aluminium base.

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Kartman wrote:

jlpcb - had a few pcbs done with them. no complaints. Don't use the SF global shipping 3-5 days actually was 10 days. DHL has not let me down.

 

I'll second JLPcb.

 

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JLCPCB - at least for PCB making. Don't yet know about board stuffing though, but the boards are great. The 'gloating' processor PCB cost me twenty bucks for five boards (200 x 300mm) and another ten bucks for post. Track and clearance on that is 0.2mm.

 

Neil

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I've used Seeed studio, ITEAD.cc, and PCBWay.

 

I switched to PCBWay for the last couple of boards as the cost was the same and yet I got to select the solder mask color "for free", (i.e. no surcharge).

So now I have some green, red, blue, and recently some black PCBs.

PCBWay uses DHL, but the shipping is a big part of the cost for a small quantity of boards no matter where one has them made.

 

No problems with any of them.

 

JC

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Somehow I've scored free shipping for a few orders frpm JCLPCB (maybe since there was quite a gap between my orders).  Got some 2 layer boards (approx 2.25 x 4.5 inches)  12 boards for approx $15 total...what a deal!  I mostly ordered them because they were so cheap, I just wanted to check the quality & have spares (since I had already ordered some elsewhere 3 for $50, plus $10-$12 for shipping)...they were perfect.

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JCLPCB 

 

Yes. That's the place. Unrememberable string of letters.

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As you just proved, Torby - It's *JLC*PCB - at least the second half is easy :)

 

Neil

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I have used jclpcb and elecrow myself, both provided pcb's worth the money for sure. Elecrow does have 72 hour manufactor time from the point you provide gerbers if you pay some extra and need the prototypes fast.

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I use to use Elecrow for cheap boards.  I switched to JLC now.

 

With JLC I have never felt the need to pay extra for faster service as they normally get completed in 2 days naturally.

 

Maybe I always put in orders at good/slow times but I watch the status page that shows the steps and "packed for shipping" never takes long.

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Eurocircuits HQ is in Belgium with PCB fabs in Germany, Hungary, and India.

Aisler HQ is in The Netherlands with fabs in Germany and US; Europe shipping duration is six business days max, US is two business days.

LionCircuits HQ and fab is in India.

 

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Even without that [shipping, tariffs, customs], manufacturing high quality ENIG 2-Layer boards is cheaper when purchased locally for small quantities.

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