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bratan

I was wondering if anyone knows if it's possible to order custom PCB for under $50 from anywhere?  It's 3.4"x2" single layer.  It'll be my first PCB so just wanted to make sure it's good before getting large qty. I searched online and there's nothing cheaper than $100 out there :(
Well ExpressPCB have this $50 deal, but they use proprietary software, and I wanted someone who'll take Eagle files...
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Graynomad

Have you looked at iTead Studios, 10 boards, 10x10cm, 2 layers for $24.90.

http://imall.iteadstudio.com/open-pcb/pcb-prototyping.html

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Rob
Rob Gray aka the GRAYnomad www.robgray.com

liudr

Similar service at seeedstudio.com as well. If you do $50 or more, they give you free shipping.

bratan


Have you looked at iTead Studios, 10 boards, 10x10cm, 2 layers for $24.90.

http://imall.iteadstudio.com/open-pcb/pcb-prototyping.html

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Rob

Wow, that's pretty amazing deal! Thank you! I will give them a try.
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jonisonvespaa

i used this lot a few weeks ago, this is a direct contact, theres lots of middlemen taking cuts,  7 day turnaround and very good quality.


http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,134516.0.html


bratan


i used this lot a few weeks ago, this is a direct contact, theres lots of middlemen taking cuts,  7 day turnaround and very good quality.


http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,134516.0.html



Cool! Thanks for the info!
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xl97

As mentioned..

iteadStudio -
(currently merged into iMall) 
http://imall.iteadstudio.com/open-pcb/pcb-prototyping.html

*(I have used these guy..love them,..but I only get really small boards usually)

SeeedStudio -
(very similar to iTeadStudio)
http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/fusion-pcb-service-p-835.html

Sitopway (Technology Limited) -
(new, but has bigger pcb size for their smallelst package/cost compared to the two above)
http://www.sitopway.com/en/index.php

codlink

OSH Park, Very good prices and superb quality.  And purple boards on top of that.  Did I mention that their quality is the best?

I have used OSH Park for the last 6 months and never had any flaws with the boards. 
//LiNK

bratan


OSH Park, Very good prices and superb quality.  And purple boards on top of that.  Did I mention that their quality is the best?

I have used OSH Park for the last 6 months and never had any flaws with the boards. 

Nice! How much do they charge for shipping to US?
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xl97

I believe it turns out to be MORE:


http://oshpark.com/pricing

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Pricing
There are currently three types of orders:
The standard 2 layer order

$5 per square inch for three copies of your design. For example, a 2 square inch board would cost $10 and you'd get three copies of your board. You can order as many copies as you want, as long as they're in multiples of three.

Orders are generally 2 to 3 times a week, and have a turn time of about 12 days. They can be ordered on OSH Park.
The 4 layer order

$10 per square inch for three copies of your design. For example, a 2 square inch board would cost $20 and you'd get three copies of your board. You can order as many copies as you want, as long as they're in multiples of three.

Orders are generally every 3 or 4 weeks and have a turn time of about two weeks. They can be ordered on OSH Park.
The medium run order

$1 per square inch, 150 square inch minimum. You can have as many different designs as you want, as long as each is ordered in a multiple of 10 boards.

These boards cannot be ordered directly through the site. You should send your designs directly to pcb@laen.org to be included.

bratan

So far OSH  Park sounds like a winner!  I did some digging around, they also have free shipping to US. And the best part I can just send them Eagle .brd file, no need to mess with anything else. To a noob like me, that's incredible!
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codlink


I believe it turns out to be MORE:


http://oshpark.com/pricing


90% of the people have small boards.  Yes the bigger boards are more expensive.
//LiNK

Graynomad

It looks like OSH Park would cost $34 for 3 boards, more if they round up, iTead is < $25 for 10 boards. Often of course for the first run you only need 3 boards, and likewise for the first run who cares about $9.

I admit it's a nice feature to accept the original design file rather then Gerbers, that's actually one reason I use iTead because they will take an Altium file, and I will use 10 boards because it's a networked project and each person testing needs at least 2 probably 3.

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Rob
Rob Gray aka the GRAYnomad www.robgray.com

codlink

That's why didn't use Itead in the past is because I only need 1 of the boards.  The extra 2 were only back ups.  Figured 10 was way overkill.  Plus I liked the quality of their boards. 

I did order my last PCB with Itead because of the posts on here.  But it's been 2 weeks and haven't heard anything from them.  OSH Park would email at every step of the process.
//LiNK

CrossRoads

I hear back from itead on my orders.
I order with payment via paypal.
I get an autoreply back with an order #.
I send in the gerber files with the order #
I get a replly back the files are being sent to the factory and they'll advise if any issues.
I get a follow on reply back when the boards are shipped.
A couple of weeks later they arrive, after going thru China & US customs.

If you haven't heard, send a message to wendy @ iteadstudio . com with your order # & ask what's up.
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