I have been building these small projects for quite some time now and used many PCB building services. Professionally made PCBs brings in a lot of advantages; the one I like most is that I don’t have to get rid of the etching solution after – oh, I have to mention the silkscreen and solder mask finish that you won’t get from DIY PCBs. The professionally built PCBs generally performs better than DIY PCBs. I have used these services in the past – let’s look at them in detail and see which service you should apply for your next project. The first part that we should look at is the order screen and the options they offer. Most DIY projects would only go two layers, but for those who need complicated layer stack up and shielding, JLCPCB offer up to 8 layers while Elecrow and Seeedstudio offer up to 6 layers. In terms of material, Seeedstudio has the most offering having FR4, Aluminum, and Flexible Boards while JLCPCB only has FR4, and Elecrow didn’t state, so I would assume FR4?…
If your product requires an assembled PCB (printed circuit board) and you don’t have the parts needed to build it, you’ll want to find a full-service PCB assembly partner. A full-service PCB assembly partner will take care of the entire PCB assembly for you. What will a PCB Assembly Partner do for you? Obtaining all of the individual parts needed for your PCB assembly can be very inefficient, especially when you consider the fact that you will then have to put those parts together on your electronic assembly before integrating them into your final product. It’s more cost-effective to go through a PCB assembly partner, which will also help minimize the potential problems that can arise from working with multiple vendors. The only thing a PCB assembly partner will need from you is the specifications and requirements of your PCB. They will be able to:
Full disclosure: These PCB were provided by PCBWay. Obviously, I will try to take to a look at the good as well as the bad. A few images to start us off: PCBWay $5 PCB prototyping service PCBWays’ prototyping service as low as $5/10pcs for max 100 x 100mm size, FR4 double side custom PCB. As with many of Chinese PCB manufacturer you need to input the parameters: A choice of nine solder mask colors, white or black silkscreen and an array of thicknesses (0.6mm, 0.8mm, 1.0mm, 1.2mm and 1.6mm; thicker and thinner PCBs are available but will increase the price). The default minimum track/ spacing is 6/6mil (0.1524mm), but better tolerances of up to 4/4 mil can be ordered at a premium. The default minimum hole size is 0.3mm but again better spec is available.
When I need PCB prototype and PCB assembly service, the first manufacturer jumps to my mind is PCBWay. Because of their good PCB quality and excellent service, you can get quick responses to any questions. Recently I have been planning to participate in maker fairs that held in my city. I plan to show my Arduino project and offer small gifts to the audience who likes my project. I chose the PCBWay ruler as a gift that found in PCBWay open-source community, it seems very good. After seven days I received the PCBWay ruler; here is the picture:
There has been an increasing number of online PCB prototype companies in recent years, and the price is getting lower and lower, which is good news for electronic enthusiasts. So which company offer the most cost-effective service? Here I recommend the highly acclaimed PCB manufacturer- PCBWay. Their high quality PCB and perfect service win wide reputation from all over world engineers. Here are six reasons why we recommend PCBWay. 1. PCB prototype as low as $5/10 pcs The goal of PCBWay is “Better, Faster, Cheaper”. In order to help more electronic enthusiasts build projects at a lower price, they are the first manufacturer announce PCB prototype price will drop to $5/10pcs. The actual PCB prototype price is $ 0 after using the coupon for new registrants. What’s more, the stencil only needs $10. And the same price for different solder mask colors. Generally speaking, the delivery time of PCBWay is only 2-3 days. 2. High-quality Raw Material of PCBWay Compared with other PCB manufacturers who use low-quality conductive adhesive materials, PCBWay always insists on quality first, using high-quality raw materials….
PCBWay is a PCB prototype and assembly manufacturer with over ten years of experience. In order to provide a platform for electronic hobbyists to communicate and learn from each other, they hold the PCB design contest. Compared to the 1st PCB design contest, this time, not only did the prize become better, but also they invited so many experienced engineers as judges, such as Kicad project leader “Wayne Stambaugh,” Diptrace senior engineer “Alex Mihailenko.” Now let’s look at the specific circumstances of the contest: