PCB Prototyping for $2 -JLCPCB

JLCPCB provides a excellent service : $2 for up to 10 copies of max 100 x 100mm FR4 double sided PCB Prototyping. It’s really !!

In order to eligible for $2 offer, take note on these few things:

  • The board dimension must not exceed 100mm x 100mm. Anything less than that is eligible for the offer. Board order quantity at maximum 10 pieces. The $2 dollar is valid for 5 and 10 pieces, but anything above will cost a lot more extra charge. ·Use the default options such as the PCB colour, surface finish and etc.

This is the cheapest price we have ever seen. The shipping charge is also low as compared to other companies. We are now saving half of our R&D expense on PCBs.

Following steps will show you how can order 10pcs PCBs in just 2 dollars.

Step 1: Upload your gerber file on JLCPCB :The home page displays a quotation calculator that takes you to the ordering page. On the quotation calculator, simply enter the size of the PCB, quantity, layers and thickness. 

The quote page has the excellent default setting for beginners who do not understand all the PCB manufacturing terms and standards. For example, the terms like Surface Finish, Gold Fingers, Material details, etc. can be confusing for hobbyists, so, you can just avoid those settings. The default setting is all good. If you want to know the meaning of those terms and want to figure out what’s their significance on your PCBs, you can simply click on the question mark right above the terms.

For example, JLCPCB has well explained the term Gold Fingers, Material details, etc. If you are a beginner, you just need to set the PCB dimensions, layers, color, thickness and the quantity you need. Other default settings can be kept as they are.

JLCPCB offer you a free online Gerber viewer. You can use it to check your PCB Gerber files and check how it appears in different colors, layers and surface finish. The Gerber viewer is so good that it can generate the image closely resembling the real circuit board. Check the following images:

Step 3: Click Save to Cart and that will take you to a page which will ask you to add your gerber files.

Step 4: Go to the cart page. After you click the save to cart button, you will go to the cart page that shows the PCB details. You can checkout securely from this page. 

Step 6: Enter your shipping details and choose the shipping method.

The shipping fee varies depending upon your location. For shipping to United States,in the past days , I always choose DHL . It’s fast and convenient.Now they provide more shipping methods as below pictures as show, and I will try  the SF .It’s seems to economy and only charges 13.8 USD . A good choice to me.

After completing payment , you can see the whole roduction progress.  In general , 2-3 days are not a long time . I like this .

Quality check

Depackaged and unwrapped first impressions are good. Whole package came with very good protection – everything was secured with bubble wrap, packed up in cardboard and waterproof DHL foil envelope. Everything was intact, nothing was broken or damaged. 

Overall, JLCPCB  is definitely a good choice  .It offers PCB prototyping at low cost especially only need 2$ now and fast manufacturing time. For a PCB from designing to shipping, everything needs proper care so that you get genuine and high-quality services in return. JLCPCB ,well done !

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