I may live to regret this, but here goes. I have been asked off-forum a couple of times recently for assistance getting boards made, by folks who are a little uncomfortable about doing this. I figured the right thing to do was help these folks out. So that got me thinking that there may be others out there who might be feeling the same way. So I am putting this out there, that I would be prepared to offer to help get some project boards built for any who would like their own boards, but just don't want to get involved in the process.
There will need to be some conditions to this of course:
-Orders are restricted to the shared project boards currently available on rtr12's thread of 12/12/19, located towards the end of the electrical reference materials sticky post here. Additions are being made to this list as more project boards become available.
-End user must be an OGR member.
-I will recommend a fabricator and get a price first, for the quantity of boards desired, then I will need payment by Paypal F/F, before any boards actually get ordered. (I do not want to get involved in check depositing and waiting for clearance, etc, etc.) This price from the fabricator will be the only charge to the end user.
-Shipment will be directly from the fabricator to end user (I don’t want to get involved in handling and re-mailing stuff). Note that offshore boards are considerably cheaper than domestic, but receipt is usually about a month out. For extra cost it can be expedited to about 10 days.
-No split orders. All boards ordered must go to one postal address.
-I will not be responsible for late, lost, or missing shipments. Nor will I be responsible for errors or omissions on the part of the end user regarding boards ordered, or for what purpose they are used. All I am really doing here is facilitating getting boards of your choice ordered and shipped to you.
-I will forward to the end user all progress emails and notifications that I get from the fabricator, including available links for checking order status.
-No guarantees that any board is fit for end user’s purpose; only that the boards worked as intended for whoever posted them.
-No extra work or re-design services included. Minor re-design work would be considered separately, and charged nominally extra for.
-I don't plan to undertake ordering of components. This is the responsibility of the end user according to the BOM posted with most project boards. I can probably steer you in the right direction though. Also there is lots of ready assistance available here on the forum.
-This service may be discontinued at any time.
-Please keep all communications relative to this service restricted to email only. My email address is in my profile.
There are three board fabricators that I have used several times each over the past year. Here are the pros and cons:
1. OSH Park is a domestic outfit based in CA. They are cost and time effective for small orders in multiples of 3 (ie: 3,6,9, etc.) of smaller boards, say less than 4 square inches. Their prices get high quickly for larger boards. Boards usually arrive within 2 weeks of order. Standard shipping is free; expedited options are available. 2oz copper thickness is standard, and covers most of what we might need. Quality is excellent, but the solder pads are not pre-tinned. Soldering is a bit more difficult.
2. ALLPCB is an Asian company offering very attractive prices for large board quantities, say 20 or more. They really shine for amounts of 50, 100, 200 etc. Fab time is usually 2-3 days. Standard shipping is economical, but takes about a month. They have expedited shipping options for additional cost; this gets you about a 10 day turnaround. Their quality is excellent. Solder pads are pre-tinned; easy to solder.
3. JLCPCB is another Asian company offering attractive pricing and fast fab time. They offer a basic package price of $5 for five identical prototype boards, of no larger than 100 x 100 mm dimensions. They also offer great pricing on large orders, say 10, 20, or more. They offer different board colors such as red, black, blue, yellow, white, and of course green. Colors other than green add a day or 2 to fab time. Standard shipping is economical, but again takes about a month. They have expedited shipping options for additional cost; this gets you about a 10 day turnaround. Their quality is excellent. Solder pads are pre-tinned; easy to solder. They offer 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 oz copper thickness. Heavier thicknesses add cost of course.
So that's about it. Note that there is no financial benefit in this for me. I am only trying to help others get their boards built if I can. If it gets to be too much of a headache, I will be forced to rescind the offer.