Get your PCBs made

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Under construction: PCB making guide

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Overview

There are many inexpensive PCB services around. Seeed Studio (our preferred) and ITead Studio make two-sided PCBs with the works starting at $1 per 5x5cm PCB. Both use the same prototyping PCB factory in Shenzhen China. Turnaround is fast, shipping starts at $3. Others like DorkBotBox, BatchPCB, etc. pool up multiple orders and send them to the fab. Laen at DorkBotPBX offers purple PCBs that have been quite popular.

We wanted to write a tutorial on how to get your PCB manufactures useing these cheap services from source Eagle files.

Design rule check

Grab a design rule file from your prefered PCB maker:

  • Seeed Studio
  • ITead Studio
  • DorkBotPBX
  • BatchPCB

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How to run a DRC,

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what it does, correct errors, etc

Generate gerbers

Gerbers are generic files that any respectable PCB manufacturer can use to make boards.

Grab the CAM file for your preferred PCB maker:

  • Seeed Studio
  • ITead Studio
  • DorkBotPBX
  • BatchPCB

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How to run a DRC,

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what it does, layers generated

Preview gerbers

Check the gerbers before sending the PCBs to be made.

Grab a viewer:

  • example
  • example

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setup gerber viewer

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example of gerber viewer

Zip up the files

Put it in an archive. We include a readme.txt with....

For Seeed Studio and Itead order the PCB online and email the files. BatchPCB has a web interface, DorkBotPCX has XXXXX.

Get your boards

In our experience, services take about this long:

  • Seeed Studio
  • ITead Studio
  • DorkBotPBX
  • BatchPCB

How to inspect the board, what to look for.