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    Have been using Elecrow for a while, have no complaints... other than the 4 week turn around, or so...

    And that is in no way an enditement of Elecrow.. the fact that they can turn out boards within a week and get them shipped is impressive. Simple fact is, it then takes several weeks to get the boards delivered.

    So... for those cases where you really need something quickly, is there a fast state side service anyone would recommend?? for small batch prototypes ???

    Just had a board design failure... haven't yet sorted out the issue, but would really like to not wait another 4 weeks to get the next batch.... I know small batches state side is probably going to be a hurdle... but, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mndless View Post
    So... for those cases where you really need something quickly, is there a fast state side service anyone would recommend?? for small batch prototypes ???
    ExpressPCB isn't the cheapest, but their mini-board prototype service isn't too expensive if your design will fit within their pre-determined size. You can get boards back from them in less than a week and they are good quality. Their software is proprietary, but easy to learn. There is also a way to get Gerbers out of it if you want to switch to another vendor after prototyping.

    Oshpark is also good. They take a little longer than ExpressPCB (but not much), and they don't have the board size restrictions like the ExpressPCB mini-board service.

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    Thanks Don... will check those out
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    I haven't used them yet, but one I bookmarked was: http://smart-prototyping.com/Prototy...ic-Prototyping

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    WOW,
    10 boards for 10 bucks ! 5cm x 5cm
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    I haven't used them yet, but one I bookmarked was: http://smart-prototyping.com/Prototy...ic-Prototyping

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukewarrior View Post
    WOW,
    10 boards for 10 bucks ! 5cm x 5cm
    I am not sure on there shipping costs though....

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    I also found www.sunstone.com, which will give you a single proto board in one week for around $50 or less... initially, it looks like you have to use their software...
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    DHL when you order from elecrow normally it takes 3 days. I can normal have stuff in a week from them. Basically the same about of time a usa provider oshpark.com takes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mndless View Post
    I also found www.sunstone.com, which will give you a single proto board in one week for around $50 or less... initially, it looks like you have to use their software...
    This looks like the ticket... they have downloadable CAM files to convert eagle files into their native format... They advertise 1 week turn around... might as well give this a try and see how it goes....

    Thanks all for the help and input !
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingofkya View Post
    DHL when you order from elecrow normally it takes 3 days. I can normal have stuff in a week from them.
    Missed this... I'll check that as well... thanks!
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