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Hi guys,
 anybody used www.olimex.com to order PCB?
Looks inexpensive at least for prototypes.
Thanks.
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I allllmost did but their Eagle related strangeness finally scared me off.
If he hadn't been a little slow to respond to one of my attempts to meet
his silkscreen requirements we might have gotten it worked out, but I
gave up an did a complete relayout to make a board I could reasonably
etch at home.

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I highly recommend them for prototypes, very good quality, fast service.

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They are a good source for inexpensive prototypes.  However I found that
their pads delaminate pretty easily if you do hacks or repairs.  I am a
pretty good tech and own a temperature controlled soldering iron, but
found that I usually could not pull a part from a board without pulling the
"plate through" out with the part.  Maybe I'm not as good as I think I am
after 20 years in the business, but this doesn't happen with boards I've
had made at other PCB manufacturers.

YMMV,
DLC

: Hi guys,
: anybody used www.olimex.com to order PCB?
: Looks inexpensive at least for prototypes.
: Thanks.
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Hmm, that's an interesting observation. Do you think they might use the
solder/copper-sleeve hole inserts instead of actually doing a electroplate?



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On Sun, 25 Jan 2004 23:36:12 -0500, "Optimist"

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He's good...but this guy's better
www.custompcb.com
Better insofar as he's more flexible and takes Protel files so you
don't have to futz around with stacks of gerbers.
Both of them are better than the US proto boardhouses which look
wonderful until you add on all the gottchas and gold plated shipping.
M

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I have used his service 3 times now, and the quality
is good. Very low prices also. The order protocol is
a bit of hassle, you have to confirm the order by fax.
Try to limit the hole sizes to his standard tool
rack, each non-standard size is + $5.

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At least from the European point of view the price is very
low and quality quite reasonable for proto work. So, I can
recommend their service.

However, do not expect top quality. The boards are fine, and
they work, but small details are a bit rounded, and the pads
may delaminate (I've noticed this, too) when removing components.
There may also be manually removed copper bridges. So, I would
not use their boards in production, only for prototyping.

I have always sent the files in Gerber/Excellon formats (as with
any PCB fab), and they seem to handle those fine.

- Ville

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I agree - I've used them for prototypes but not for production. Holes
aren't drilled all that accurately (probably why they have a large
annular ring requirement) and I find that the pads come off easily as
well. I did have a lot of trouble once getting them to accept my files,
and eventually (after a lot of messing about and sending them several
versions) established that their Gerber checking software (Gerbtool from
Wise) had a bug (not really their fault). Wise admitted they had a bug
and subsequently issued a new version.

An interesting point. I had put the silk screen across a couple of SM
pads when designing my footprints, and their boards had it removed by
their software, so I didn't bother about it. I subsequently had some
production boards made by another company from the same files and they
came back with the silkscreen on the pads.

Leon
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----> Buy from the good old USA and you won't be sorry

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Nice and appropriate (top-posted) answer to a post on an international
newsgroup that apparently originated from Canada.

Well done!

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201774.news.uni-berlin.de:

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Yeah, it can be kind of embarassing for the rest of us US citizens at
times, kind of like the stereotypical american tourist in Paris.

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Yes, France would be a great place if the french would leave.



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...like US...

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your just jealous that we rule the world

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Thanks, everyone.
BTW, I found Canadian producer
www.multifor.com

Will think about them, olimex.com, custompcb.com, eprotos.com and
pcbexpress.com


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You might also consider myro.com.  They have an office in Canada and do
the work in China.  I will be trying them myself on my current, tiny
power converter.  All the US companies I have contacted want $12 each no
matter how small.  My board is only 0.6" x 0.5" and these guys won't let
me do panelization either.  Very silly...


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Seconded, I can recommend them.

Excellent value all around (especially compared to UK/Europe).


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What is the URL? httP;//myro.com doesn't get a PCB supplier.

Leon
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