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codlink

This is my first PCB design and would like some advice on it.  Basically it's just a 595 Shift Reg that will control a series of LEDs hooked to an Arduino.

Secondly, would like to know a reputable online source for this PCBs fabrication.  Just need a few boards made.  One problem I am finding with online fabs is that I am using Fritzing for design.  When I export to Gerber files, the online sites don't like them. Can anyone recommend a good site for Fritzing?  I looked at Fritzing for the fab work and they seem expensive. 

Any thoughts?

Thanks for reading.
//LiNK

madworm

I can't see anything unusual with your gerber files. I didn't check for electrical sanity though.

If you only need a small number of boards made, have a look at OSHPARK (formerly Laen's PCB service - dorkbotpdx). Very good quality, but the boards are purple ;-) It costs 5$ per square inch for 3 boards. Everything is US-made if you should care for these things.
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codlink

Thanks for the reply.  I did check that site, but I seen they only do 2 or more layers.  Mine is only single-sided.  That was also the site that gave me trouble on the files.  Says I was missing files..

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The following errors were found with your design:
I couldn't identify a top layer
I couldn't identify a top solder mask


Should I just email them?
//LiNK

madworm

Ah...

Surely you can export an _empty_ top-copper and top-mask layer? Is there a specific reason why your mounting holes are not on both copper layers? That would solve that 'issue'.

Believe me, they don't care if layers are empty ;-)
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• There's absolutely NO excuse for not having an ISP!
• Your AVR needs a brain surgery? Use the online FUSE calculator.
My projects: RGB LED matrix, RGB LED ring, various ATtiny gadgets...
• Microsoft is not the answer. It is the question, and the answer is NO!

codlink

How do I do that in Fritzing?  This is my first design.
//LiNK

codlink

Ok, I got it.  Had to change the PCB board to Double-Sided...

Thanks
//LiNK

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