Hi - I'm looking at having a PCB printed by NJPCB
Hi - I'm looking at having a PCB printed by NJPCB
For $65 where's the risk? I'm gonna give them a try soon....
"Mike Noone" schreef in bericht news:Xns97A3691386BC3mnooneuiucedu127001@22.214.171.124...
I'd give it try, why not. I entered your figures in the online calculator at
But I'll try Njpcb soon, to see what happens ;)
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I wish you wouldn't. Rewarding aberrant behavior breeds more of it. Would you also hand a "tip" to someone who brought his dog over daily to shit in your yard?
Of all the PCB fab houses in China, I find it difficult to believe that you can't find one with a competitive price who doesn't spam the groups daily and who doesn't have a website constructed by chimps.
There are many local (US) PCB houses with competitive pricing, and I would rather contribute to the US economy if possible and reasonable. I buy cheap tools and other things made in China, with just a little bit of guilt. It's just that the Chinese products are so much cheaper, and often fairly good quality. There is just such a huge difference in cost of living, work ethics, and lifestyle expectations between the biggest conspicuous consumers (and wasters) of material goods, and most of the rest of the world. Eventually, perhaps, there will be a bit more equity and similarity among the global population, and this will probably be the result of the ultimate cost of energy, which is a common denominator for the cost of living and lifestyle.
The original post for this was definitely inappropriate for this newsgroup. A discussion of experiences and prices from various board houses, by end users, should be OK. Some NGs are especially touchy about any possible hint of commercialism. The worst I experienced was in rec.diving, where I replied to a post about cold water diving problems with information about a friend's product, which is a wet suit heater. See
Paul E. Schoen
I'd say, go for it, but be very picky about the specifications and contract requirements, and so on - be merciless with your spec, and inspection - at those prices, you can afford to do some in-house inspection, and if it doesn't meet your spec (which you've made perfectly clear to the vendor, with no ambiguities), they have to do it over. Of course, they could turn out an impeccable product.
I'm with the others - give it a shot! :-)
"JeffM" wrote in news: firstname.lastname@example.org:
I agree that their business practices are questionable. I'd be open to other reccomendations, but this is the best price I've found so far.
$55.50 for your size qty6, plus $9 S&H, if you don't really need 6/6 traces. Most of the cost is for setup - the boards themselves are $0.75 each. The closest shop I've found in the US is about 2x the cost.
I've used these guys with great results after someone recommended them here. They'll also do v-scoring (at no additional charge!), which is really helpful if you're making a lot of small parts - you send them an arrayed panel, assemble on the panel, then snap apart the boards.
NJPCB may look attractive, but their business practices are questionable.
Details... that's for 2x solder mask and 1x silkscreen. You can cut up to $36 off that price if you ship mask and silk. (So, as low as $19 for the job.) But if you're doing 6/6, I'm sure you won't skip the mask. :-)
(They'll also do 2x silk for an extra $12 per batch if you want it.)
Or get a 18 boards panelized onto a single DSS-sized board from olimex (also 8/8 rules) for $33 plus S&H.4pcb barebones (6/6 rules, I've used this one) - buy one 4.5x2" board and cut it up - $46 plus s&h. (the 3/33 special has a $50 charge for arrays).
pcbpool can do 6/6 in a panel of 13 (min size) for $56 shipped to the USA. They have a-la-carte mask and silk options too, at $12.50 each per side.
Agreed. It's not hard to avoid spammers, and there's no point in rewarding them for spamming.
Yes, better widths, for sure. I've tried them too. But beware, this is literally a couple of guys doing order aggregation part time in school - they have zero customer service; customers are left to support each other.
They turn out good results, but have issues like 3-week turn times, parts getting dropped from batches without them knowing, etc. They also charge in increments of 1 sq. inch per board (not per batch), which makes them unattractive if you're doing very many boards in a batch - once you cross ~$60 you can get probably 3x as many boards elsewhere.
This is always an option. Personally, I'd rather pay to have the PCB cut for me. Using a brake press seems to be the preferred method. (Folks have recommended the 7-1/2" mini brake/shear from both Grizzley and Harbor Freight.) And I'd rather separate tiny boards after they're assembled, not before.4PCB does top-notch work - the best place I've used. Their program at
Good pricing & specs, but sadly (at least for for my purposes :-) will not do v-scoring. When you get down to 0.5" boards, this makes a big difference in the effort to assemble them.
So, the challenge becomes... how does one find PCB houses with dirt-cheap pricing and specs like NJPCB if they don't spam? Apparently I'm looking for them in all the wrong places. (Some advertising in the trade rags would get these guys way more business than spamming ever would.)
Hi, Mike -
This one advertised in Circuit Cellar and, AFAIK, does not spam:
They have a good Web site and they take Paypal (unlike NJPCB who wants Western Union payments). In your request for quote, you should ask NJPCB how to go about ordering from them.
I am not associated with either of these businesses, nor have I used their services other than for a quote. However, I thought you might be interested in the product ordering procedure of each.
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