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Hi,

I usually use SeeedStudio for PCBs.  I need a board made in about 7-12 days and it seems every fab house is about to shut down.  I'm in Australia and the local options are ridiculous, US-based ones charge too much for shipping, and I haven't heard good things about Futurlec (Thailand) and Olimex (Eastern Europe).  Are there any good options in SE Asia etc that don't celebrate Chinese NY?  E.g. Thailand, Malaysia etc?

Otherwise I'll just wait...

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Are there any good options in SE Asia etc that don't celebrate Chinese NY?  E.g. Thailand, Malaysia etc?

Maybe Tibet ?   smiley-grin
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Are there any good options in SE Asia etc that don't celebrate Chinese NY?  E.g. Thailand, Malaysia etc?

Maybe Tibet ?   smiley-grin
Nice one.   They  are 'encouraged' to celebrate it...

Wikipedia tells me Losar is on March 5 this year.  8 days before the ides of march...
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I'm also in Aus and have just used PCBcart.com. I was very happy with them, they spotted a fault on the board and because I sent them the Altuim file (no pissing around with Gerbers) they fixed it for me.

But they're Chinese so that may be a problem.

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Hi Lee

From my bookmarks here are some UK/European PCB houses:

http://www.pcbcart.com/

http://www.pcbexpress.com/

http://www.pcbtrain.co.uk/

http://www.pcb-pool.com/ppuk/index.html

http://www.quick-teck.co.uk/

http://www.tecbridgecircuits.co.uk/index.htm

http://www.multipcb.co.uk/
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Thanks for the above, they're either too expensive (esp with shipping - I'm in Aus), or actually in China (like PCBCart).  Unless I'm missing something, Olimex are quite expensive for 3 or so 100mm x 100mm boards, and seem to get mixed reviews.  Their website makes my head hurt.
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PCB cart and tecbridge both use chinese fab houses. smiley
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Off topic warning: read at your own risk of distraction! smiley-evil

Yes, for the past 1,000 years they have only been encouraged. Still fairly new land compare with some of rest of the lands that have been China some 4 to 5 thousand years ago.

Actually most of people in Tibet had no choice what to celebrate, since they were slaves till 1950, when the communists drove their masters away, Da Lai La Ma being one of the biggest ones, interesting what a person he grew up to be from a slave master smiley

BTW, I thought only X-mas delays PCB orders as there are many cheap toys that western countries demand around that time. The Chinese don't buy as many cheap toys for their holidays. They stay home and eat good meals.

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Are there any good options in SE Asia etc that don't celebrate Chinese NY?  E.g. Thailand, Malaysia etc?

Maybe Tibet ?   smiley-grin
Nice one.   They  are 'encouraged' to celebrate it...

Wikipedia tells me Losar is on March 5 this year.  8 days before the ides of march...
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Too bad they get so much negative press
Modern cultures tend to rate other cultures on the "good things" they have "failed to achieve", rather than on the evils that they successfully lessened.  It reminds me of an exchange in one of my favorite SF series: "They don't have [Internet] access?  That's one of the most fundamental aspects of the [] constitution - that freedom of access to information shall not be restricted!" "Well, they're more worried about food and fresh water, and a safe place to sleep."  Yeah.

Eventually, this makes everyone look awful.  We won't be happy till we've taken every historical hero and dissected their actions and personal foibles and completely recast them as villains.  And then we won't be happy because we don't have any heroes left.
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Eventually, this makes everyone look awful.  We won't be happy till we've taken every historical hero and dissected their actions and personal foibles and completely recast them as villains.  And then we won't be happy because we don't have any heroes left.

So this was about China, right??

Yeah, well I'm not happy with Mao just because he was a Genius, which he was, or a gifted Poet, which he was, or a gifted people Leader, which he was, I'm unhappy with him because the Sonofabitch could NOT BE WRONG, which he WAS.  And I have friends whose parents STARVED to death because Mao could not be wrong.  When his trusted Defense Minister Peng DuHuai told him the truth about people starving in the Cultural Revolution era, Mao threw him in jail. I've personally seen part of the 150 page letter Peng wrote to Mao. 

So, yeah, I'll cast him as a worse Villain than if he had been Stupid!
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Maybe try these, I have no experience with them, nor do I know what shipping will be, just googled for South Africa.

South Africa baby  smiley-grin

http://cboards.co.za/

http://www.bosco.co.za/products.asp?gclid=CMjBpPfo3aYCFYKFpAodG1y55w

http://www.trax.co.za/about.php

http://www.cirtech-electronics.com/manufacturing.htm
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What quantity do you need? Maybe a local university with ECE degree could be helpful. They may have prototype machines or routers to do this on small quantity.

Ah, I was warning for distractions. Apologies. I always look at the bright side. China is still more or less one piece and they have some internet there as well smiley
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Maybe try these, I have no experience with them, nor do I know what shipping will be, just googled for South Africa.

South Africa baby  smiley-grin

http://cboards.co.za/

http://www.bosco.co.za/products.asp?gclid=CMjBpPfo3aYCFYKFpAodG1y55w

http://www.trax.co.za/about.php

http://www.cirtech-electronics.com/manufacturing.htm
Is this going to become the most political thread on the board? Maybe there are fab houses in Iran and Egypt we could work into the conversation? smiley

And let's not get started on African politics/ history/ corruption/ British colonialism...

Only cboards (who look small) have online pricing - works out about same as US or Olimex.  I think I'll just admit defeat and wait for Seeed or Itead to get back.

Re universities, that's an interesting idea, but my PCBs are quite complex (incl surface mount, double layer, vias) and I expect anything here to either be expensive or amateur.
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Is this going to become the most political thread on the board?

 That was my fault, my attempt at a humorious remark got a stone rolling, or is that a rolling stone?

My personal thoughts on China:

 I respect their country as a whole just for surviving to be the oldest continuous civilization on earth.
 I respect their burden to have to govern the single largest population on earth.
 Do I respect their present government? It's certainly better then Mao's rein, and they have made good progress in
 improving the life of some of their population. But they certainly have a long was to go before their people can
enjoy the same freedoms we often take for granted.

Lefty
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on topic... custompcb.com is in Malaysia.  Just ordered some prototypes from them.  They verified my design with me and even doubled my order!
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