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slateraptor:
http://www.futurlec.com/PCBService.shtml

Previously unbeknownst, I've recently discovered that Futurlec offers 2-layer PCB manufacturing services at reasonable cost. Their tolerances are a bit on the meh side, but 1-week turn sounds like a winner for those projects that don't warrant the massive overhead of an expedited turn, and you just don't want to wait 2+ weeks with ultra-budget services either. Also, there doesn't appear to be any explicitly prohibition of slots, v-grooving, and/or panelization. Anyone have experience with these guys?

pauln:

--- Quote from: slateraptor on August 16, 2012, 01:03:27 am ---http://www.futurlec.com/PCBService.shtml

Previously unbeknownst, I've recently discovered that Futurlec offers 2-layer PCB manufacturing services at reasonable cost. Their tolerances are a bit on the meh side, but 1-week turn sounds like a winner for those projects that don't warrant the massive overhead of an expedited turn, and you just don't want to wait 2+ weeks with ultra-budget services either. Also, there doesn't appear to be any explicitly prohibition of slots, v-grooving, and/or panelization. Anyone have experience with these guys?

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I have had experience with their PCB making service.

I would rather have all my teeth extracted without any form of anesthesia than ever go through the process again.

It took 1 month not 1 week (even with DHL shipping), email queries from them required interpretation and were all superfluous.  The boards themselves were just OK.  Based on other PCBs I have had produced since, they are also expensive.

Good Luck
Paul

russdx:
there prices are crazy, i would not use them for prototyping!!!

poodyp:
I'm trying oshpark. $5 a square inch. It's gotten really popular now, they say they do 2-3 boards a week, so turn around time shouldn't be too bad. I submitted a board monday so I'll see how it goes.

slateraptor:

--- Quote from: poodyp on August 16, 2012, 10:12:30 pm ---I'm trying oshpark. $5 a square inch. It's gotten really popular now, they say they do 2-3 boards a week, so turn around time shouldn't be too bad. I submitted a board monday so I'll see how it goes.

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First I've heard of them. Please let us know how it goes; turnaround time is a bit long, but their capabilities and tolerances sound good to me.



--- Quote from: pauln on August 16, 2012, 04:35:50 am ---I would rather have all my teeth extracted without any form of anesthesia than ever go through the process again.

It took 1 month not 1 week (even with DHL shipping), email queries from them required interpretation and were all superfluous.  The boards themselves were just OK.  Based on other PCBs I have had produced since, they are also expensive.

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Bummer. :-\ Might just have to go with my normal board house on this prototype. I'll have to give them shot on something less important...that 1-week turn is tempting enough to give them a chance. Thanks for the heads up.



--- Quote from: russdx on August 16, 2012, 01:59:59 pm ---there prices are crazy, i would not use them for prototyping!!!

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If you're making 1 board for a personal project, I agree...but I need 5 boards--which comes out to roughly US$29 per board before shipping--for a professional prototype which will come under visual scrutiny by customers with a lot of power and a lot of money, but don't necessarily understand the concept of "proof of concept". At this point, time is slightly more valuable since the price of a single board is significantly less than the hourly equivalent of my salary, but I have other things to preoccupy myself for a short while, so the advertised 1-week turnaround service at reasonable cost was considered. However, if I fail to productively move forward as a consequence of waiting on a service that doesn't even remotely adhere to what they advertise (as pauln has suggested) just so I can save the company a bit here and there, then my employer won't be very happy. Indeed, saving is great when you can successfully resolve your way around the caveats, but good intentions can bite you the wrong way at the worst time if you're a hasty, uncalculated young professional.

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