If you follow my blog, you probably noticed that I use different online services to make my PCBs… it’s a way to test them in terms of quality and production time.
The procedure for sending a new order is very simple; first you have to enter some information about your PCB:
then, in the next page, you can configure som specific details of your printed circuit board (color, material, finishing, copper size…). It’s interesting the possibility – not often available – to choose the color of the silkscreen:
Once selected the production mode (nomal = 2-3 days or express = 24h) and the shipping method, you can add the PCB to your shopping cart and upload the Gerber files of your project. PCBWay doesn’t offer the CAM jobs for Eagle, but a post on their blog is available to learn how to create the Gerber files; you can also follow my tutorial.
Before being able to complete the payment and send the PCB to the factory, the files must pass a manual check. Yes, PCBWay manually verifies every file you upload… this process requires only some minutes and it’s definitely an added value: in one of my orders I made a small mistake and I was promptly contacted by a PCBWay engineer with an email reporting the mistake and asking me for the correct file.
When the order is in production, you can follow the progress in your personal area:
Even the website displays every step of the production process:
The quality of the PCBs I received is very good, certainly comparable to other services I used in the past. The price also is alined to the other manufacturers and PCBWay does offer an entry price of 5€ for 10 PCBs (10x10cm max).