Ah, of-course, Mr Mini piio board man: 2+2 = dohTonyD wrote:I've used Seeedstudio and others in China a number of times and for the price they are great for short prototype runs. You normally have to pay VAT/Duty at 20% and the ridiculous £8 handling Post Office charge but it does work out cheaper. Only downside is having to wait for a couple or three of weeks
Here's a picture of my last lot of PCB's for Raspberry Pi add-on boards
It's under the threshold of £15 so no import VAT (or customs duty) is payable.MattHawkinsUK wrote:For ten 40x50mm boards the price was £8.80. Will have to see if I have to pay anything on top or whether my "gift" will arrive untouched.
They are some prototypes for an idea I had for a simple add-on board. The idea being that lots of the available add-ons out there are too complicated and/or expensive. Not that there is anything wrong with what's out there just some beginners may be put off if they see too much they don't quite feel comfortable with.Out of interest - what were the boards?
For the absolute pcb beginner who wants to move along from stripboard but is a bit daunted by home etching, or having to learn a complex CAD package like Eagle in order to send a PCB design to a 3rd party manufacturer then I've heard that Fritzing is worth a look:mikerr wrote:Prices seem cheap now from this thread and another one:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 08#p302208 down to $13 for 10 boards
- how easy is it to go from a stripboard project to a pcb ?
I have done plenty of stripboard /veroboard projects, but don't really know where to start on pcb design;
Are there templates to start with, especially for pi based boards ?
*Disclaimer* I've not used it myself (nor do I have any affiliation), but I've just had a snoop round the site and downloaded the application. While there are cheaper ways to get a PCB made (a homebrew Arduino shield will cost €29 plus the usual, according to their site shop at http://fab.fritzing.org/fritzing-fab), it might be a technically less painful way to "lose one's cherry", so to speak.Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to work creatively with interactive electronics. We are creating a software tool, a community website and services in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, fostering an ecosystem that allows users to document their prototypes, share them with others, teach electronics in a classroom, and layout and manufacture professional pcbs.
It always help to provide some data for judgment what is "competitive". Can you please post a table with some typical prices ?jrelectronics wrote:For anyone who is looking for PCBs to be manufactured at extremely competitive prices
Brave statement...jrelectronics wrote:We also have a PCB population service which won't be beaten in price.