PCB fabricators usually accept Gerber files, which any good
PCB cad tool will export. Some also will accept
your actual source files (e.g. Eagle
.brd file), but that's risky if you ask me, you can never know if they will
generate the artwork correctly if you just give them your sources. Better
to generate the gerbers yourself and check them in a gerber viewer before
you send them away.
Usually you would export the layers for a 2-layer board as separate gerber
and then a drill file for the holes, and slots if any. Some fabs might allow
two drill files, one for unplated and one for plated holes.
What the files are called depends on the fab, usually it's just different
file extensions, the following are loosely standardised
.GTO and .GBO for top and bottom silk
.GTS and .GBS for top and bottom mask
.GTL and .GBL for top and bottom copper
.GML/GKO/GBR/GM1 for the board outline itself
.TXT for the N/C Drill file of the holes
"PCB manufacturers", "prototype boards", "board house", ...
http://PCBShopper.com Lets you search
for the cheapest (or fastest) PCB manufacturer. PCBShopper lets you enter
your board's specs - size, layers, preferred solder mask color, and quantity
- and shows you a list of PCB manufacturers along with prices and delivery
times. You can then sort the results to find the cheapest or fastest
manufacturers. PCBShopper currently lists 13 manufacturers, and more are
being added. PCBShopper is free to use and is not affiliated with any
Custom Circuit Boards - A
Manufacturing company, located in Phoenix, Arizona, that specializes
in Quick turn
PCB. With same day delivery (orders before 9am), Custom Circuit Boards
is fast, secure, and affordable solution for both companies and hobbyist.
PCB quote form for your next PCB project.
is one of the cheapest and fastest services
around" -- recc. Byron A Jeff 2002-12-07 on PicList (in Bulgaria so plan
on a week or two shipping) Do note that there are significant restrictions
on the drill sizes and trace width/spacing you can use for the proto service.
PCBCart - China, very cheap, good quality and tolerances, automated quote.
Pretty much the cheapest around
Spirit Circuits - not the cheapest, but excellent quality/service. Also,
they do a very cool *FREE* 2 layer "Go Naked" prototype service, which is
worth knowing about. Very innovative/ modern kind of place, seem to make
an effort to impress. You may want to check out their "PCB Snap" for a 4-layer
are (or at least were) the service behind Sparkfun's Batch PCB service
http://www.pcb4u.com better known as
Saturn Electronics Corporation
http://SaturnElectronics.com/ (thanks for the link, M. Miles)
http://ExcelElectro.com/ (thanks for the link, M. Miles)
$100 for 4 identical PCBs (up to 3.375 x 2.875 inches) (that's $25 each)
... has on-line price estimates.
http://www.apcircuits.com . least
expensive for small quantities, very fast and high-quality service. Just
for comparison, qty. 2 of a 6 inch by 4 inch board ran $90,and that was about
50% setup fee.
Advanced Circuits http://4pcb.com/
makes quick-turn PWB prototypes. There's an on-line form where you tell
it how big your board is and a few other details. It immediately gives you
a complete price schedule (how much for 2 boards, how much for 10 boards,
how much for 100 boards ... how much extra to pay for
must-have-it-2-days-from-now.). I find on-line price estimates very useful
for deciding whether to make 2 boards and buy a connector between them, or
to make one big board. --
Millennium Dataware S.r.l. http://www.mdsrl.it/
"Ultra Fast PCB Prototyping with the special warranty: 24 hours or the
PCB are FREE!" -- Francesco Fontana < francesco (at) mdsrl.it >. Millennium
Dataware has an online price estimate, and also a PCB discussion forum:
http://www.expresspcb.com Free ExpressPCB
Windows layout software. Our express PC board manufacturing service delivers
double-sided plated-through boards in 3 business days or less. Often orders
for two boards cost under $100.
your board to several FAB houses for quotes. Assembly is not addressed.
DynaArt Designs, 3535 Stillmeadow Lane, Lancaster, CA 93536
Voice: (805) 943-4746, FAX: (805) 943-3776
Web Site http://www.dynaart.com
Home of the "Toner Transfer System"
Email: scoff @cdh.net. PerfectBoard purple paper process to make printed
Electrolube : Photo Resist, developer, Lacquer , Nickel spray, Etchant
Electrolube Limited,Blakes Road,Wargrave,Berkshire,RG10 8AW U.K.
Tel. +44 1734 404031 Fax + 44 1734 403084
Isel: Etchant ,plating solution etching equipment etc.
Isel Automation, 6419 Eiterfeld 1,Germany
Sifco : Plating Pen, 5708 Schaaf Rd. Cleveland OH 44131 USA
Tel +1 216 524 0099 Fax +1 216 524 6331
Vero Electronics can be contacted in the US on 1-800-242-2863.
Circuit Works Conductive Pen is available from Ocean State Electronics, (800)
The catalog number is CW2200
NEPCON holds trade shows that focus
on electronic manufacturing equipment and tools. The next show is in Texas
during the last week of October. This will give you a chance to kick the
tires and test drive some of the equipment.
Manncorp makes a pretty broad
line of equipment. Everything from manual pick and place machines up to some
fairly pricey automated lines. The sales people are pretty sharp and are
willing to answer dumb questions.
http://www.bomir.com/ This equipment
is imported from Poland. Screen printer, manual pick and place with paste
dispenser, and a batch reflow oven for US$ 12k.
lead forming machines and SMT equipment.
For automated equipment, Upgrade
Technologies is the leading contender at the moment. They started out
with a focus on ovens. Screen printers and pick and place machines are fairly
recent additions to their product line.
PCB Fab Express http://pcbfabexpress.com/
has on-line price estimates. PCB FAQ:
in the PCB section. (broken link as of 2005-07-18)
Imagineering, Inc. http://pcbnet.com/
intro offer: $25 each for 2 Layers, $50 each for 4 Layers (quantity 1) max.
60 sqin., max. 14in length.
"cheap pcb fabrication needed"
FAB houses in the UK.
Other web sites with long lists of PWB fabricators:
http://www.kjcircuits.com.cn KEJIE PRECISION PCB LIMITED
is an expert at Printed Circuit Board manufacturer ,we are professional on
prototype and mass production. It is committed to high-precision single-sided,
multi-layer PCB manufacturing. email@example.com.
http://www.pcbnpi.com I've used PCBNPI.COM for my new designs
and liked them. Good price, a few extra boards for free and very
responsive.Meanwhile,they provide me free laser cut stencil for my prototype
spam4pcbassemblylinks at gmail.com
http://www.4pcbassembly.com/ We Provide best PCB assembly & fabrication
services with quick turnaround time as less as 24hours to 3 weeks as per
spamdscpcbchina at gmail.com
https://dsc-pcb.com/ Shenzhen Dashunchang Electronic Co.
Ltd was established in 2002 and this technology enterprise specializes in
both single and double sided PCB and multilayer PCB, and at the same time
focusing on fast PCB Prototype and mass
spamlink at technotronix.us
I got my PCB Prototyping done for couple of my product from Technotronix.
I am really impressed with the product quality & Turnaround."
Yu refers to
http://www.prototype-pcb.com PCB Prototype Service provider who specialized
in FR4, CEM1 and aluminium with online instant quote system."
makervier refers to
http://www.wonderfulpcb.com experienced PCB board manufacturer,provide
various of printed circuit boards" +
http://www.pcb-solutions.com/ At PCB Solutions we provide
printed circuit board manufacturing for the dynamic electronics industry.
We can manufacture rigid, flex, and rigid flex PCBs, and we support domestic
and off-shore prototyping so we can provide low, medium and high volume
http://dorkbotpdx.org/wiki/pcb_order Made in the USA
Prototyping service. $5/sq inch for 3 copies of your board with NO setup
fees and free shipping in the USA! $1/sq inch if you buy 150 sq inches or
more. 1 to 2 week turn. Panels are produced when enough boards to fill a
panel have been ordered.+
http://www.sfcircuits.com San Francisco Circuits is a PCB
provider based in the SF Bay Area, specializing in high-end circuit board
applications. They have an educational section entitled PCB School with downloads
to PCB resources that can be accessed after signing up.
http://www.onboardcircuits.com Printed Circuit
spaminfo at pcbinternational.com
West Coast Based PCB Supplier - Best prototype value in North America. 2
Layer 100 square inches for $94.99. 4 Layer 100 Square inches for $179.99.
Visit our site today!
http://www.pcbuniverse.com The highest quality boards at
very competitive prices. Call our design and customer services
spaminfo at micron20.com
refers to "
http://micron20.com/en Micron 20 Ltd - PCB production - online quote,
order and tracking. Prototypes, small and middle series, 3-4 days delivery
in EU" +
http://www.solderpastestencil.com Solder Paste Laser CUT
SMT stencil & Re-usable ACCUFRAME for your PCB Assembly from $125 in
spamsales at pnconline.com
PNC Inc. - Located in NJ provided PCB Design from Schematic, PC Board
manufacturing, SMT Solder Paste SMT Stencil. Our online price matrix is great
way for engineers/buyers to get instant prices for small run, quick turn
prototype orders or try our online RFQ form. we have over 40 yrs of experience
in quality work, we are the lastest shop in NE USA.
spamlizhiren at hotmail.com
Our Printed Circuit Board manufacturing service delivers double-sided
plated-through boards in 3 business days or less. Often orders for two boards
cost under $USD100. And USD80/m2 for mass production for 2layers HASL PCB.
spamwiebke at quantumcad.co.uk
Title: Quantum CAD PCB design solutions
Description: High quality PCB Design Service for all industries, Full
Electronic Product Design, SI Verify, High Speed Design, Simulation, hardware
design, PLM Integration, PCB Design Software, Pre-design Study, PCB Design
& Software Training.
Sangani of PNC Inc. Says:
Inc. - Try this quality PCB house, they offer PCB design, PCB, PCBA and SMT
stencil, they offer online Prices for Fast turn. "
Salinas Says: " I got my PCB Prototyping done for couple
of my product from Technotronix. I am really impressed with the product quality
& Turnaround. " +
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