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Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by mkz77 on Mon May 07, 2012 3:34 pm

Anybody have any recommendations on cheap pcb assemblers? I need 3 boards assembled. I'm in the US but don't mind shipping internationally.
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by tcooper on Mon May 07, 2012 3:42 pm

mkz77, check out ladyada's rundown of PCB manufacturers:

http://www.ladyada.net/library/pcb/manufacturers.html

I would also check out Laen from DorkbotPDX. He does a medium PCB run for exactly this type of order. Highest quality PCBs, American made. More details here:

http://dementeddiode.org/blog/2011/03/a ... -hardware/

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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by adafruit on Mon May 07, 2012 4:33 pm

Just a note, DorkbotPDX is great but they are not USA made, AFAIK they are made in China by Gold Phoenix
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by tcooper on Mon May 07, 2012 4:42 pm

Tyler: Laen, quick question, what fab house do you use for the DorkbotPDX orders? Gold Phoenix?

Laen: Gah! No. AmitronCorp. They're made in the US.
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by adafruit on Mon May 07, 2012 6:34 pm

oh cool, OK sorry for the confusion! could have sworn it was GP. no doubt the quality didn't match Laen's expectations :)
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by mkz77 on Tue May 08, 2012 12:32 pm

tcooper wrote:mkz77, check out ladyada's rundown of PCB manufacturers:

http://www.ladyada.net/library/pcb/manufacturers.html

I would also check out Laen from DorkbotPDX. He does a medium PCB run for exactly this type of order. Highest quality PCBs, American made. More details here:

http://dementeddiode.org/blog/2011/03/a ... -hardware/

-Tyler


tyler, i don't need pcb fab, i am looking for pcb assembly service only.
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by tcooper on Tue May 08, 2012 1:42 pm

I have never used a third party for assembly, but I have heard good things about Advanced Assembly out of Colorado (www.aapcb.com). Maybe others will chime in here.

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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by mkz77 on Thu May 10, 2012 11:26 am

thanks for your advice tcooper.
actually,i like to keep my costs as low as possible for this build , since everything in north america is expensive. i will get some official quotes from overseas companies here in canada like bittele and myropcb.

I'd like to go with one of them but I am a little concerned because I've never heard of them before and their online quote was much lower than local ones. Has anyone here used them before? thanks

low cost pcb
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by tcooper on Thu May 10, 2012 11:28 am

Oh, I forgot about Seeed Propagate. This may be more what you are looking for.

http://www.seeedstudio.com/propagate/

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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by Kiken on Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:24 pm

tcooper wrote:Oh, I forgot about Seeed Propagate. This may be more what you are looking for.

http://www.seeedstudio.com/propagate/

-Tyler


The problem with this one is that the minium requirement is 100, anyone knows about some place where u can get like 10 done completely? (including assembly and with them providing components and pcb manufacture)
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by adafruit_support_rick on Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:43 pm

We're doing a short run of 10 right now with Advanced Circuits:
http://www.4pcb.com/
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by Kiken on Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:29 pm

driverblock wrote:We're doing a short run of 10 right now with Advanced Circuits:
http://www.4pcb.com/


So... u just provided PCB design and schematics and they build it for you??
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by adafruit_support_rick on Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:02 pm

Kiken wrote:So... u just provided PCB design and schematics and they build it for you??

Yup.
(to clarify, it's another company I'm associated with that's using 4pcb.com, not adafruit)
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by billatadafruit on Tue May 27, 2014 8:20 am

Kiken wrote:...anyone knows about some place where u can get like 10 done completely?


For 10 pcs, I have tried thePCB Turnkey services from http://www.nexpcb.com, it's include PCB manufacture, Components sourcing, and PCB assembly of course , with free-shipping!
Please refer to one of their stories in kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lt ... -platform/
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Re: Recommendations for small run pcb assembly?

by Mikepcb on Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:59 pm

I've used pcb4assemblyhttp://www.pcb4assembly.com several times on my projects and they're in the US and pretty good and very tech savvy with assembly. Decent price for fast turn around. Good luck.
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