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stirling
31-12-2010, 12:40 PM
Anyone have recommendations for small run (10s rather than 100s) single/double sided that you've used preferably in the UK?

Also I'm currently learning FreePCB - anything better/easier that you like (that's as cheap:smile:)?

TIA

Swarfing
01-01-2011, 11:25 AM
Stirling i use 'Eagle' and most manufacturers will except the format.

mmcp42
01-01-2011, 11:52 AM
another vote for Eagle

Swarfing
01-01-2011, 12:06 PM
Another shout is to join the PCBGCODE yahoo grop as there are guys there that may do that sort of run for you?

Jonathan
01-01-2011, 11:21 PM
Anyone have recommendations for small run (10s rather than 100s) single/double sided that you've used preferably in the UK?

TIA

I've done that sort of quantity on my mill before now:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDNScafwTYw

I'll try it on my router soon with higher spindle speed. All good fun :)

stirling
04-01-2011, 11:06 AM
Thanks for all your replies. Will certainly give Eagle a shot. Still interested if anyone has used and can recommend a commercial pcb supplier.

Jimmybristol
10-01-2011, 08:16 PM
Stirling,

It depends on the quality you are after, I have used many of them over the years:

For top notch boards (at a price)

I would always recommend Express circuits, they make some fantastic stuff but be prepared for the price, they are generally high technology.


http://www.http://expresscircuits.com/

For cheaper PCB's, with a reasonable quality (we use them for prototyping)

http://www.pcbtrain.co.uk/ (this is Newbury Electronics)

http://http://www.pcb-pool.com/ (Irish)

The quality of the boards is more than respectable and the lead time etc is good, one note would be if you are soldering surface mount I would avoid HASL finish and go with a Immersion finish as the pads will be much flatter.

I have a quite a lot of PCB experience, especially with Motor drives and high current boards, but have dabbled in RF and other such terrors!! (as do many of the guys I work with) we use Altium (not cheap), so if you ever have any questions then drop me a line, I am alos up for some "beer Token" pcb design if it is not commercial!

Hope that helps

James

Robin Hewitt
10-01-2011, 09:48 PM
Stirling i use 'Eagle' and most manufacturers will except the format.


Eagle files put Olimex in to a full hair tearing rant :naughty:

Click on "TECHNICAL INFO" then scroll down to...

FILE FORMATS we accept:

http://www.olimex.com/pcb/index.html

stirling
11-01-2011, 05:40 PM
Thanks both for the info - exactly what I was looking for - I'll peruse and digest.

cekic
06-06-2012, 07:53 PM
http://http://www.pcb-pool.com/ (http://http//www.pcb-pool.com/) (Irish)



I used PCB-Pool a lot, but they don't do assembly. Their boards are very good quality. They accept many PCB file formats, however they charge more for Gerbers which I use.

I used www.bittele.com (http://www.bittele.com) 's online quote to get my card assembled. It's 30mmX50mm has 1 bga, 60 smd, 10 through hole parts. I'm putting together a real package with BOM and data sheets and gerbers for them to give me a more detailed quote. When I get the run back, I'll send you pics and my expert opinion.