Amazing prices for prototype board manufacturing and assembly

rmeldo

Senior Member
#1
Hi all,

I was surfing the net (as you do on a lazy bank holiday morning) and I came across this prototype board manufacturing and assembly website:

https://www.pcbastore.com/

The prices for board assembly look incredibly low. If one needs to make 10-50 off something it is really not worth considering self assembly, as a service like this could enable improved part to part consistency and possibility of using SMD components

Has anyone ever used them? Anyone who has used similar outfits with good success?

Riccardo
 

rq3

Senior Member
#2
Hi all,

I was surfing the net (as you do on a lazy bank holiday morning) and I came across this prototype board manufacturing and assembly website:

https://www.pcbastore.com/

The prices for board assembly look incredibly low. If one needs to make 10-50 off something it is really not worth considering self assembly, as a service like this could enable improved part to part consistency and possibility of using SMD components

Has anyone ever used them? Anyone who has used similar outfits with good success?

Riccardo
Those prices look pretty typical. Because they buy "jelly bean" components in huge quantities, most fab houses can deliver a completely populated board for less than you would spend on just the components. You give them gerber files and a bill of materials, they send back populated, finished, and inspected boards.

There's a break even quantity of course, usually several dozen. Once you're into the hundreds or thousands, the drop in price is, indeed, breathtaking.
 
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