A lot of people (including me) are interested in making custom PCBs for standalone projects, and I thought I'd share my experience! I designed my first PCB and got it made at seeedstudio for around 35 bucks, and the boards came out great! I made a video on some tips that I discovered while doing this - hope this helps people thinking about some standalones!
Thanks for share.I'm also waiting to see my first PCB.I order it on iteastudio but still waiting ...
I believe seeedstudio and itead both use the same manufacturer to make their PCBs. From personal experience, I've found the quality to be pretty good, especially given the dirt-cheap prices. The holes and soldermask were generally aligned fine, but some of the vias did not tent properly, and the silkscreen was not the best. It came in just about 2 weeks with the cheapest shipping option, so I'd give them a 4/5 star rating! Good luck on your project :)
The holes and soldermask were generally aligned fine, but some of the vias did not tent properly, and the silkscreen was not the best.
I'm betting that was due to user settings. Sparkfun has a set of eagle tutorials, including things to watch out for in silkscreens, if those are followed the silkscreening turns out very good.
Yeah, the silkscreen was my fault, I went too close to the minimum size, but I followed the sparkfun guide to tenting vias.