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Bonn, Germany
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Hi,
I think about getting it now to the next level and wanted to fabricate a first PCB. As etching and toner transfer is a no go for me here (got no laser and etching costs almost as much as buying a pcb it seems) i wanted to know whats the best place for small orders?
I am between Propaganda and BatchPCB, and cant decide.. my project would fit basically on an Europlatine (roughly 10cm x 6cm) and would need only 2 layers.
I guess i wouldnt need more than one or two of those PCBs..

What would you advise?
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I have only used BatchPCB, they are not that expensive but they take some time. But my experience is that if you order one pcb, you get two.

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As for the problem of not having a laser printer you could always just go to a local copyshop and laserprint it there. Etching reactant doesn't seem to be very expensive (see http://www.pollin.de/shop/dt/MDU4OTg0OTk-/Werkstatt/Werkstattbedarf/Sonstiges/Aetzset.html for example). I didn't do this myself yet, but am thinking about getting such a small etching set and doing the copyshoplasering.
Propaganda on the other hand sounds better an better to me, also always played with the thought of ordering a pcb there, but i always feel like i should have something near final to do an oversea-order of 5 pcbs whicht afterwards turn out useless because of design flaws.
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Try Seeedstudio propaganda (fusion) PCB service: 10-pieces 10cm x 10cm for $50. I can't think of any European PCB manufacturers who have a service as cheap as that but I'm sure someone will suggest one  smiley-wink.

The only problem I have with Seedstudio propaganda (fusion) service is I wish they would offer a 15cm x 15cm or 20cm x 20cm sizes as well, as their Domino service ($49 + $0.12 sq cm) price wise pretty much the same as other suppliers.
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