Dorkbot PDX PCB Order evolved into OSH Park automated PCB service

in DIY, PCBs by DP | 5 comments

The Dorkbot PDX PCB order has evolved into the OSH Park automated PCB service. Same as before, a bunch of people get their boards assembled together on a single PCB fab panel, and get lower costs for manufacturing them. Only now there is an online interface that allows you to upload your Eagle source files, and join a panel faster.

This is a community printed circuit board (PCB) order. We take designs from lots of people, put them all together on a panel and then order the panel from a fab.  Since we’re all splitting the panel setup cost, this lets us make circuit boards inexpensively.

This service grew out of the DorkbotPDX PCB Order run by by @laen and now comprises of a two-layer panel every other day, a four-layer panel every three weeks and a periodic two-layer medium run service for people needing more than 150 square inches of board.

Via the forum.

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  1. Daniel says:

    I am about to submit a design but I am concerned about silk-screen legibility. I did not see any guidelines regarding graphic line-width and character height/width. Can anyone give me an idea of what is feasible?
    (I use KiCad)

    Thank you

  2. Gregory Shikhman says:

    I’ve used this service in it’s previous incarnation (Laen’s PCB batching) and resolution of the silkscreen seems to be about 200 DPI (5 mil line width).

  3. Laen says:

    Yeah, exactly so. Any feature under 5 mils gets fattened to 5 mils.

  4. Jon Neal says:

    Just a note, it’s definitely not only for eagle. There are a lot of people that use KiCAD and submit to the service and many other EDA packages (KiCAD is my favourite though, a million times better than eagle). They just need the gerbers mainly.

  5. I just submitted a new design via OSH Park. (Have been a loyal user of Dorkbot PCB)
    The new interface is the best I’ve seen, similar to BatchPCB but way better in terms of previews and notification system. I got email letting me know that my batch has been sent to the fab.


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