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PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANU.

Post by RGORJANCE » Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:09 pm

I think I'm having a minor senior moment. I seem to recall reading a post somewhere that had listed the name of a company that would make up small quantities of PC boards from your artwork. I haven't been able to find it on the site.

If anybody can recall the name of that outfit, I would really appreciate it if you could let me know who it is.

Thanks much.

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Post by kkiddkkidd » Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:39 pm

Not a direct answer but if you can pickup an issue of Nuts & Volts mag there always a number of circuit board manufacturers advertising. N&V is one of my favorite mags these days.
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Post by Shane » Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:39 pm

There was this last month:

PCB manufacture costs have come down a lot over the last few years, due to competition from you-know-where.

Start here: http://pcbshopper.com/




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Postby kcbooboo » 05 Jan 2016, 14:26

A friend has had success with a company in China of all places. They have free design software. You design it, they pop out multiples of 10 circuit boards at up to about 2x2 inches, double-sided, drilled, silk-screened, etc, then ship them back, for around $15 for everything. The more you make, the cheaper they are.

Those adapter plates are something I bet a lot of vintage audio amp repair guys would love to use. Aluminum can caps are getting expensive and hard to find, and what you do find is often 30 year old NOS.

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Post by ChuckG » Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:26 pm

If you'd prefer a US manufacturer with reasonable prices on small quantities, try these guys in Oregon:
http://www.sunstone.com/
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Post by RGORJANCE » Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:13 am

Thanks guys! I will forward these to my friend.

If known, that company name n China would be helpful too.

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Post by PID_Stop » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:31 am

I've gotten my boards made by Express PCB -- many dozen designs over the years, probably accounting for the better part of a thousand boards; they are incredibly reliable, and the quality is excellent. You download free design software from their site, and it will give you exact pricing for the boards. They offer both lead-free and traditional types, single-side, double-side, and four-layer options; solder masks, and top-side screen printing. All holes are nicely plated, and the software includes a pretty good library of components, so you have a good head-start.

They also have circuit design software that can tie into this, but I don't use it; I generally use Visio for my design work, and lay out the boards separately.

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Edit: the boards ship out of Tualatin Oregon, so it's entirely possible that Sunstone does the actual fabrication for them.

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Post by RGORJANCE » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:48 am

Jeff:

That is a nice looking board. Thanks for the name of the company. Already forwarded it to my friend.

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Post by radiowave911 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:21 pm

I have used Express PCB, PCB123, and another whose name escapes me at the moment. OSH Park is another. As someone else mentioned, check out Nuts & Volts for vendors. You can also look through the Hack-A-Day forums (just ignore the trolls, unless you need the entertainment). Some of these companies do batch production runs - your designs are put together with others and a large panel is done, then broken down and shipped. Can be a lot cheaper that way for prototyping.

There are also the DIY methods....but with PCB houses getting cheap and plentiful, thanks to the maker movement in no small part, there is really no reason to go screwing around with resists, etchants, and the environmental headaches thereof.
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Post by Deep Thought » Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:57 pm

radiowave911 wrote:there is really no reason to go screwing around with resists, etchants, and the environmental headaches thereof.
Not to mention the tedium of trying to eyeball a #61 drill bit. :shock:
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Post by Dale H. Cook » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:53 am

Deep Thought wrote:Not to mention the tedium of trying to eyeball a #61 drill bit. :shock:
I'll second that. Although I still own a full set of micro drill bits it has been many years since I last fabricated a PC board and, frankly, I don't miss that.
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Post by PID_Stop » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:36 am

radiowave911 wrote:There are also the DIY methods....but with PCB houses getting cheap and plentiful, thanks to the maker movement in no small part, there is really no reason to go screwing around with resists, etchants, and the environmental headaches thereof.
Yeah, I really ought to get rid of that gallon of ferric chloride in the closet. Pretty much stopped doing my own etching 30 years ago, when Northern Circuits opened up in town... sending a sheet film negative was a lot less work, even if I still had to drill the holes myself. When they started taking Gerber files, I thought I was in heaven.

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Post by ChuckG » Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:37 am

Dale H. Cook wrote:
Deep Thought wrote:Not to mention the tedium of trying to eyeball a #61 drill bit. :shock:
I'll second that. Although I still own a full set of micro drill bits it has been many years since I last fabricated a PC board and, frankly, I don't miss that.

Thirded. They're in the same box with the wire-wrapping posts and tools, hopefully never to see the light of day again.
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Post by Bill DeFelice » Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:58 am

Some good resources given here. I may try to make up an extender board for an Optimod using one of the places mentioned unless I find a different vendor in Nuts and Volts.
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Post by radiowave911 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:33 pm

ChuckG wrote:They're in the same box with the wire-wrapping posts and tools
I just bought a wire wrap tool recently. At my day job, we still have lines running on protector blocks that have WW terminations. These were installed by Bell Telephone in the 70's.
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Re: PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANU.

Post by PID_Stop » Tue May 09, 2017 6:58 am

Soldertraining wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:08 am
Thanks, as I know PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board is a thin board made of fiberglass, composite epoxy, or other laminate material. It’s connected with different components such as transistors, resistors, and integrated circuits.
If your posts are an example of your company's services, you're trying to sell grade-school lessons to a largely post-graduate audience. It's not just that we already know what PCBs are... very likely, most of us have designed and fabricated them.

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