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Old 01-05-06, 08:19 PM   #1
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A custom made PCB, price estimate?

Say a guy wanted a custom made PCB for a project. Nicely made, accurately done. Nothing too complex, maybe like
3"x4" size. What does one expect to pay for this?
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No one could give you a very accurate estimate without more details...possibly a ball park. But to be honest....the one thing I can tell you is that its probably more than you want to pay.
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oh im not paying anything or planning on bying any PCB's. Im just thinking of a way to use up some components in my basement
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Learn the laserprinter transfer method of board etching, and make your own.

To get a PCB custom fabbed for you would be incredibly expensive, since there will be a design cost, a tooling cost, and a minimum quanitity cost. Prototyping lines are even sorse, since in my experience, their quality is often spotty (and I am talking about big-wigs in the industry here when i say this, so imagine the pains of dealing with smaller shops).

Laserprinter transfer method is a far faster, far cheaper way for you to get one or two boards made...plus learning to design your own boards could be pretty fun.
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How many layers is it, are there a lot of vias, how would you like it arranged, will it carry comm or line or both, etc etc.
Anywhere from 50 to 5000 bucks...

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There are online sites where you can send in your own pcb files and they will manufacture it for you. I can't remember what file extension you'll need though. Probably .dxf. You can probably find a simple circuit board cad program online. But yeah, having a one off circuit board made would cost alot for a small home project.
At my work we have a PCB mill for porototype circuit boards. It's pretty cool but difficult to learn and if you don't use it alot you have to relearn it every time.

On a side note; You ask the most interesting questions. I do electronics, designing and machining at my job so it's always interesting to read these posts about router tables, taps and stepper motor drivers. YOu should check out qkits.com. They have kits you solder together yourself but are really cheap. Great for home projects.
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OK, try pcbfabexpress.com
They can do you an up to 20 square inch 2 layer board with a min of 5 pieces for $13 bucks each with free tooling. 4 layers is $33, 6 is $48 and 8 is $73. But this is only a promotional offer and it has a LOT of restrictions, like no cut outs, no weird routing, your surface mount stuff has to have more than 25 mil pitch, no gold and there's a min trace size.

They want a gerber file. I know the dude at work's sent me gerber->dxf files but i'm not sure if you can go backwards if you design that in another package.
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In most programs I've used you can save as either Gerber or .dxf.
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OK, try pcbfabexpress.com
They can do you an up to 20 square inch 2 layer board with a min of 5 pieces for $13 bucks each with free tooling. 4 layers is $33, 6 is $48 and 8 is $73. But this is only a promotional offer and it has a LOT of restrictions, like no cut outs, no weird routing, your surface mount stuff has to have more than 25 mil pitch, no gold and there's a min trace size.

They want a gerber file. I know the dude at work's sent me gerber->dxf files but i'm not sure if you can go backwards if you design that in another package.
Man that is cheap! Is that surface mount only, or can you have some through holes too? Damn, that's a good price for just a few boards.
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There are online sites where you can send in your own pcb files and they will manufacture it for you. I can't remember what file extension you'll need though. Probably .dxf. You can probably find a simple circuit board cad program online. But yeah, having a one off circuit board made would cost alot for a small home project.
At my work we have a PCB mill for porototype circuit boards. It's pretty cool but difficult to learn and if you don't use it alot you have to relearn it every time.

On a side note; You ask the most interesting questions. I do electronics, designing and machining at my job so it's always interesting to read these posts about router tables, taps and stepper motor drivers. YOu should check out qkits.com. They have kits you solder together yourself but are really cheap. Great for home projects.
Your flashing cow head drives me nuts.
I've got plenty of stepper motors/drivers. Thats not really what i am after here. I am thinking of a way to use a few high quality ingredients kicking around down cellar. IM glad you find my posts somewhat interesting. Even though one would say this is the wrong place to ask, i get good replies almost always.
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Learn the laserprinter transfer method of board etching, and make your own.

To get a PCB custom fabbed for you would be incredibly expensive, since there will be a design cost, a tooling cost, and a minimum quanitity cost. Prototyping lines are even sorse, since in my experience, their quality is often spotty (and I am talking about big-wigs in the industry here when i say this, so imagine the pains of dealing with smaller shops).

Laserprinter transfer method is a far faster, far cheaper way for you to get one or two boards made...plus learning to design your own boards could be pretty fun.
I know that method, an extremely electrical savvy friend of mine taught me it. BUt i m looking into really nice green boards, with copper tracks, and perfect holes drilled, etc.
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