A review of Three Chinese PCB Manufactures

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A review of Three Chinese PCB Manufactures

Post by parkview » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:40 pm

In April/May 2018, I placed seven PCB orders with three different Shenzhen PCB manufactures, but remember things most probably will have changed by the time you might need/want to use them, so take this review as a snapshot in time.

1) PCBWay: https://www.pcbway.com/
2) DirtyPCB: http://dirtypcbs.com/store/pcbs
3) Seeed: https://www.seeedstudio.com/fusion_pcb.html

All boards were either billed as a single board or panel at 10cm x 10cm and two of a panel at 5cm x 5cm. DirtyPCB has the easiest website to use and it gave instant feed back on price. The others required an email address before you could get to the pricing page. I liked the fact that they would give you a presentation of what the PCB might look like after manufacture - kind of reassuring that it met my expectations.

All three had around the same price of AUD$20 for a 10cm x 10cm PCB. Some might have charged a bit extra for a panel of PCB's vs. a single large PCB design. Express shipping was around AUD$24 extra. For this price you will get a stack of 10 PCB's. In one order I had a panel of 30 small finger nail PCB's, so all up that gave me 30 x 10 = 300 PCB's :D Note: PCB or panel of PCB's will have a tiny silk-mask job reference text/number on it. On a panel this might be ok, as it only effects one of the panellised PCB;s. You can pay extra (quite a bit more), to go down the Pro route and not have that text printed on each of the 10 PCB's.

PCB Turn Around:
1) Seeed: Express shipping - 11 days
2) Seeed: Slow shipping - 26 days
3) Seeed: Slow shipping - 18 days
4) DirtyPCB: Slow shipping - 51 days - guys, your killing me!
5) DirtyPCB: Slow shipping - 42 days - gave me an extra PCB
6) DirtyPCB: Slow shipping - 31 days - gave me two extra PCB's
7) PCBWay: Slow shipping - 23 days

The panellised PCB's where easy to break apart and just required a quick filing to smooth the remaining drill bumps flat. Most of the manufactures sent reassuring notifications of each step of the process, ie: payment, production start/end and shipping.

One shipment from DirtyPCB arrived with the panellised PCBs as single boards, ie: no longer panellised. Maybe they fitted them here and there through out a larger order? Due to overall shipping times, I would recommend Seeed, then PCBway, then DirtyPCB.

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Two other PCB manufacture companies I might have a go at in the future: https://www.elecrow.com/pcb-manufacturing.html and a Shanghai based: https://jlcpcb.com/quote

Next step will be to try out some PCB assembly, but those costs will be in the hundreds of dollars, so I want to make sure everything is working ok first.

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Re: A review of Three Chinese PCB Manufactures

Post by parkview » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:39 pm

Ok, make that Four. I just sent off for a PCB to be manufactured at Elecrow, in Shenzhen, China: https://www.elecrow.com/pcb-manufacturing.html At todays rate (depends on the US$ to A$ exchange rate), it cost me A$22.49 via Paypal for 10 panellised boards, with each containing four PCB's. This was A$2.49 cheaper than Seeed batch I sent off two days ago - mainly around slightly cheaper shipping. It did cost me around $1.xx extra for registered/tracking shipping. Interesting to see that there was no on-line Gerber viewing portal.

It will be interesting to see how long this takes and shipping quality etc. I have to say, that I am impressed by both Seeed and PCBWay's shipping, in that they both vacuum pack the stack of panels in bubble wrap. One company (Seeed?), even emailed a photo of package before it was shipped off to me.

I did try out PCBWay for this, but the current price was US$28! Maybe my first order came with a special introduction pricing? Both Seeed and Elecrow's pricing was US$4.90 + shipping. How awesome is that!

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Re: A review of Three Chinese PCB Manufactures

Post by parkview » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:49 pm

I have continued to use Seeed Fusion PCB service, while ok, their production times have varied from 3 to 12 days (then add on shipping times)! This is fine if your not in a rush.

I have just found another company: https://www.allpcb.com/ that is offering free DHL shipping for the first Kg of PCB's. Their on-line portal says it will cost US$24 (around A$34 in Oct 2018) to ship five 100mm x 100mm PCB's and they should arrive in 7 days - how awesome is that!

Mind you Seeed is currently running a US$1 for three x 100mm x 100mm PCB special. Add on shipping and it cost me around A$14 and the turn around was approx. 30 days delivered via slow post.

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Re: A review of Three Chinese PCB Manufactures

Post by zuizaixintou » Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:42 pm

Another PCB manufacturer, in Shenzhen, China, also provides PCB manufacturing and PCB assembly services. Moreover, if it is the first time to place an order with them, PCB stencil is also sent. https://www.pcbjhy.com/

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