[sebhc] PC Fab
Eric J. Rothfus
eric at rothfus.com
Sat Sep 18 07:31:57 CDT 2004
I use PCBExpress (www.pcbexpress.com) myself. I don't quite remember why
I went with them, however. When I was shopping, most of the different
on-line services appeared to have roughly the same prices. This one
required that you use your own software to generate the files they
need to produce the PCBs. I use the Eagle development software.
I looked at Express PCB (www.expresspcb.com) as well. They have
free down-loadable development software which is MUCH easier than
Eagle...though not as powerful. All in all, I think that their
solution will be easier for simpler boards.
There are really three variables for small runs of PCBs at these
- board size - the smaller, the cheaper :-) (obviously)
- number of boards - the more, the cheaper per board :-) (obviously)
- silk-screen & solder mask - when you add these, the price starts
to go up quickly. They're NOT necessary...really.
When I did my runs, I did the first few boards without silk-screen and
solder mask and they worked great. When I started to produce boards
that others would be using, that's when I added the silk-screen and
Here's a quick example, my boards were 3" X 3.75":
Without silk-screen & solder-mask - 4 boards
PCB Express - $115
Express PCB - $105
With silk-screen & solder-mask - 4 boards
PCB Express - $238
Express PCB - $229 (fixed price for 5 boards)
Hope this helps.
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