[sdiy] Cheapest but good Chinese PCB manufacturer..

Jean-Pierre Desrochers jpdesroc at oricom.ca
Sat Nov 4 15:53:28 CET 2023

I used a local PCB fab for more than 35 years to encourage them
and because of their great discounts..
But sadely this summer the fab burnt down to the ground because of chemicals
thrown in a metal bin and took fire. All the fab is gone, 
And.. talking to the owner (who's now doing business using other fabs)
I heard that ALL the fab drills were thrown in the trash !!!!!
His daughter fortunately kept some of them..

Anyway, long story to say that now i'll do business with JLCPCB
>From the good feedbacks DIY list users sent me..


> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : Roman Sowa <modular at go2.pl>
> Envoyé : 4 novembre 2023 10:15
> À : Jean-Pierre Desrochers <jpdesroc at oricom.ca>; Synth-diy at synth-diy.org
> Objet : Re: [sdiy] Cheapest but good Chinese PCB manufacturer..
> When I started ordering from JLCPCB it was just one of many makers with very
> basic capabilities and not so great quality. Lterally 2 layers max,
> FR4 only, limited options in terms of board and copper thicknessand, clearly
> inferior quality than for example PCBway or majority of European makers.
> Today the quality is much better, and they also expanded a lot. Up to 20 layers,
> Rogers, teflon, flex, multiple solder mask color (yes that's most important of
> all) and copper filled capped vias!
> Not to mention SMD assembly with huge stock of parts, cheap stencils and 3D
> printing.
> And shipping to anywhere in the world is nothing to worry about. You can
> order delivery with DDP incoterms, so it comes to your door like it was sent
> sent from 2 blocks away from you, with all taxes and customs overhead
> already done.
> Mind you, JLCPCB is not just a single fab but a cluster of 5 or 7 factories
> sharing one online ordering portal.
> I used to order PCBs in local fab because it was local and it was actually cheap,
> although not so great quality. And I mean local in terms of going by the city
> bus with floppy disk in my pocket to deliver design files. Fast forward to 2010-
> ish and everything changed.
> That local PCB fab was closed down last year. :( The owners literally cut the
> production line to pieces with grinders and sell as scrap metal to pay for
> property tax. Imagine how hard it is to find anybody in Europe interested in
> buying PCB production equipment.
> Same might happen to many small PCB fabs around the world. I've known
> those people for 30 years.
> Roman
> W dniu 2023-11-03 o 16:30, Jean-Pierre Desrochers pisze:
> >
> > I know this question has been asked millions of time..
> > Over the last years I did business with a local PCB shop in Quebec
> > City for all my small electronics projects
> >
> > With very good low priced quotes,
> > But unfortunately the shop burnt down this year.. So..
> > I’ll ask you all where should I send my gerber files for PCB making
> > for a fair price ? I’m thinking about Chinese shops..
> > USA shops are surely doing better products but as long as
> > the PCB’s do their jobs cheapest is Ok for me.
> >
> > Thanks for your help.
> >
> > JP
> >
> >
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