Dorkbot PDX PCB Order evolved into OSH Park automated PCB service

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 in DIY, PCBs by DP

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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5 Responses to “Dorkbot PDX PCB Order evolved into OSH Park automated PCB service”

  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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