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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeff Walther)
Subject: Re: How to make/solder a circuit fast?
Organization: Illuminati University
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Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 06:55:28 GMT
In article <email@example.com>, me wrote:
> I'm making this small LED widget for my friends and their PC
> enthusiast friends who want it.
> I think I'll need like 50 of them but the thought of cutting those
> brown holey boards into 50 thin strips (they don't break nicely
> either) and soldering 500 parts + connecting wires makes me cringe.
> I think I'm looking at using some kind of self made PCB so that I
> don't have to solder wires to link stuff on top of soldering the
> components. The problem is I haven't see any small PCB (2" x 0.5") for
> sale either.
> Can anybody please suggest the most efficient of doing this?
APcircuits.com has a proto service for two layer boards which is very
quick and affordable. I think it is something like $60 - $70 USD (they're
in Canada) base rate and $.65/square inch after that. So you've got 50
boards with about 1 square inch each, though you may be under the minimum
dimensions per board. I think the minimum charge is for 1.5" X 1.5".
Still, you could lay them out in groups of three (1.5" X 2"), which would
cut way down on the cutting you'd need to do vs. making them yourself.
Also, lay out a row of 35 mil non-plated holes where you need to cut them
apart and they'll separate pretty easily.
Anyway, you could probably get the boards made and delivered for under
$150 or $3/board. Of course that blows your whole budget that you later
mentioned, but I would think it's well worth it to have someone else make
the boards for you and not need to hassle with it. All you'd need to do
is solder the components on the pads.
If you've never had a board made, the details of finding design software,
learning to use it and learning to output Gerber files can be a minor
headache. It's really not that hard but it feels a little intimidating if
you're not familiar with it.
A friend will help you move. A real friend will help you move a body.
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