[sdiy] Best chinese PCB manufacturer (cheap and fast) to Canada and USA ?

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Thu Aug 26 17:33:05 CEST 2021


In our experience they’ve been so busy (a good thing) they haven’t been able to respond to our inquiries for projects but they certainly have a good reputation.

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On Aug 26, 2021, at 11:29 AM, Todd Sines <sines_list at scale.la> wrote:


If you’re doing Eurorack / synth / pedal stuff, why not talk to Joshua Holley from Malekko / Dark Place MFG in Oregon? Can also feature distribution if necessary.

https://darkplacemfg.com/

Todd


On Aug 26, 2021, at 10:13 AM, Mike Bryant via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:


I can assure you aerospace quality (which we also use in telecoms network products as they also need extended lifetimes) is most definitely around 100 times more expensive than Chinese commercial quality in the UK.  UK commercial quality PCBs are about 5-10 times as you say, but not many companies in the UK even offer that now unless you are doing 5ku/month.  I notice even RPT (the Pi lot), who definitely have the volume, now import some of their blank PCBs from China and just have them loaded at Sony Brigend in Wales.

I don't know where you are, but in the UK customs now charge on the estimated value of the product if it is declared as FOC, e.g. samples.  Or my suspicion is they often just bin it as not worth the paperwork.


-----Original Message-----
From: Roman Sowa [mailto:modular at go2.pl]
Sent: 26 August 2021 14:34
To: Mike Bryant; Synth-diy
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Best chinese PCB manufacturer (cheap and fast) to Canada and USA ?

More like 5-10, not 100 times more expensive.
And only if you order more than typical DIYer for home use.
For small runs or prototypes this gets cheaper than China, because of shipping and customs cost.

There's also this free offer with free shipping from allPCB I have to try yet. Not sure how our customs would react for free stuff with free shipping.

Roman

W dniu 2021-08-26 o 12:18, Mike Bryant pisze:
Yes the aerospace/defence/telecoms PCB manufacturers are of course better, but at least 100 times more expensive.  I changed over to Chinese suppliers in 1999 and whilst slower delivery back then the quality was better than the commercial quality UK suppliers, and a bit cheaper.

Nowadays JLCPCB, PCBWAY and other suppliers far exceed any quality I was getting back then - production techniques improve over time of course.  And of course prices are unbelievably cheap.   I have heard JLCPCB panelization is poor but I never use that.  What I do like is their cleanly routed edges - no burrs or other stuff needing touching up with sandpaper before sliding it into the case guides.

The other place China scores is on PCB loading.  Setup charges of several hundred pounds quite typical in the UK, including £100 charge for a $2 laser stencil !


-----Original Message-----
From: Roman Sowa [mailto:modular at go2.pl]
Sent: 26 August 2021 10:25
To: Mike Bryant; Synth-diy
Cc: synth-diy at synth-diy.org
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Best chinese PCB manufacturer (cheap and fast) to Canada and USA ?

I would argue about quality. There are PCB houses in my country making even higher quality than JLCPCB and others. They also offer fast service.
Unfortunately they are much more expensive, I used them only when I had to from various reasons.

My impression is that JLCPCB is cheaper than PCBWAY, but slightly inferior quality. Also, PCBWAY does the panelization way better than JLCPCB. If I want routing, I'd rather make the design already panelized by meself for JLC.

Roman

W dniu 2021-08-25 o 22:38, Mike Bryant pisze:
Agreed.  Faster than and much cheaper than any European supplier, and quality is higher.


-----Original Message-----
From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] On Behalf Of
Chris McDowell via Synth-diy
Sent: 25 August 2021 21:25
To: doug at synthark.com
Cc: synth-diy at synth-diy.org
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Best chinese PCB manufacturer (cheap and fast) to Canada and USA ?

I'm also using JLCPCB. great prices and wildly affordable low volume assembly.

chris

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On Aug 25, 2021, at 3:07 PM, doug at synthark.com wrote:

I'm currently using JLCPCB, but I've used Seeed Studio previously (no complaints, just better pricing through JLC).

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On 2021-08-25 13:39, Jean-Pierre Desrochers wrote:
I'm sure this topic has been talked about but here is my question:
Anybody has and still uses a good chinese PCB manufacturer for his pcbs ?
Cheap and fast..  delivery to Canada and USA ?
-For very small quantity (1-5 pcbs) -Small sizes pcbs (mostly < 25
square inches) ??
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