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Circuit board production

  1. Feb 6, 2010 #1
    I know this is a very general question, but any info is appreciated. I wanted to know what is involved in going from prototype board to production. What costs are involved in getting a company to produce your circuit board design? Anyone familiar with approximate costs, min quantities, anything?
     
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  3. Feb 6, 2010 #2

    Averagesupernova

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    There is software available for download (free) that allows you to design the board. Some board houses have low quantity services. You can do a 3 x 4 inch bare board depending on complexity for around $120 plus your labor in board design. Of course you need to add in the cost of individual components.
     
  4. Feb 6, 2010 #3
    You can get batchpcb.com to manufacture your board for something like $2.50 per sq. inch + $10 setup fee. I just used them to make a board of mine that is like 3x4 inches and it cost me $70 for 2 copies.
     
  5. Feb 7, 2010 #4
    Are there any services that solder the components on as well?
     
  6. Feb 7, 2010 #5

    Averagesupernova

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    Sure. Now you are talking about contract manufacturers. Once again, more money.
     
  7. Feb 7, 2010 #6
    goldphoenixpcb.biz and 4pcb.com do assembly and PCB manufacturing in large quantities.
     
  8. Feb 8, 2010 #7

    MATLABdude

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    Averagesupernova doesn't mention it, but this software is Eagle PCB by Cadsoft:
    http://www.cadsoft.de/

    There's also a few free ones available:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Free_EDA_software

    The best of that bunch (which my friend uses) is probably KiCad:
    http://kicad.sourceforge.net/
     
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