PCB suppliers and manufacturers
Here is a list of PCB suppliers and manufacturers which might be useful to doing small scale batch runs of PCBs. If you know of any then please feel to add or review them.
These guys created our Nottinghack learn-to-solder badge PCB and are generally great.
I've not used them. Cost £24 for 100x160mm
They sell 1sq ft PCB double sided on eBay for
£60 inc P&P. £70 inc P&P.
Matt Little "I've used them twice and they were good quality board at a great price. Quite long time to deliver."
Not sure how expensive. They have an amazing 'Go Naked' service where you get a double sided etched board (no solder mask or silk screen) for FREE. This is to try out your idea. If you ask for too many of these (more than 3) they wont do any more until you place an order.
Matt Little "I've used the go naked service and was amazed - fast and useful. The board has a load of advertising on it though and is not cut out to your PCB size."
Matt Little "I've used them once and they were good - fast delivery, decent board. Relatively high cost, but OK for prototype run"
Via KiCad users group, a UK member uses these guys.
- CapnKernel direct
This Austaralian guy lives in China. Hes started a PCB service, but only direct by chatting with him and only using KiCad as CAD package. He says to chat with him on KiCad IRC channel: Name: CapnKernel at http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=kicad
A PCB service based at Sparkfun in Colorado (USA). PCB orders are pooled and sent to Gold Phoenix in China for manufacture by-the-panel. The panels are split into individual orders and shipped James Fowkes. "I've found this process tends to take about a month, but can be as much as three months if it straddles the Chinese New Year. BatchPCB are apparently looking at finding another supplier to cover the gap. BatchPCB is the cheapest I've found for one-off PCBs if time isn't a factor, but you can be hit by customs charges when the boards hit the UK."
Seems quite cheap. They aggregate orders, so delivery time might vary.
A Chinese based PCB supplier who works via eBay.
Based in the UK. New customer offer is £30 for up to 30sp inches 2 layer.
This is a hackspace in Pittesburgh US who do a PCB panel every couple of weeks. 2 or 4 layer PCBs priced by the square inch.