I am kindly asking for recommendations or advice on the subject, here is a little detail:
I am a bit inexperienced with pcb design and electronics but have recently designed a board I am considering having made professionally.
One of several catches is that I didn't design the board using your standard pcb design software(such as Eagle, which is proving rather difficult for me to get a grasp of), but rather conventional cad software and created the board drawings in .dxf file format whereas I created a separate layer for each component i.e. bottom traces, top silkscreen, drills by diameter,etc.
Now it appears most pcb manufacturers require Gerber files and I was able to convert my files as such, but I remain uncertain that they are in a useable format by the manufacturers due to my inexperience. (And I have considered this may be a factor in the following progression)
Furthermore, I did go ahead and send the files to a manufacturer via email as a RFQ. The company name is Sunstone circuits, and several days after the files were sent, I received a reply asking that I provide a bit of personal info in order to proceed, which I did, albeit hesitantly, provide. I never heard back from them again and feel a bit aggravated by this of course. First, they got my files, second, they got my personal info, and then they blew me off. :smiling_imp:
So being once bitten twice shy, now I'm hesitant to try another manufacturer and feel a little stuck. I am curious if this is par for the course provided my offbeat workflow. Has anyone else done something similar and actually been successful with getting their boards made? Are there any companies where employees review the files manufacturability, and inform the customers of problems with the files?
Just looking for a little advice, any and all appreciated. Thank you :-)