Bryan1 wrote:Hiya Guy's,
I just took a look at the BatchPCB website and read thru the FAQ. Now I have sprint-layout 4 as my pcb software and as a trial I exported the gerber and drill files. But on checking the FAQ on extensions my format comes out at gerber .GBR and drill files (excelleron) .DRL which don't come under the supported formats in the FAQ. Can I just re-name the extension to your format or would it come out as mumbo jumbo on your end?. As far as I'm concerned the price is a major factor in me not making my own boards and letting you blokes take care of them as the quality is something I could never produce. Anyway what would the shipping rate to Australia be as I don't want to get stung with a huge postage bill from the US ever again. (last one was US$10 worth of Chips and US$130 in postage).
I've ordered heaps of stuff off Sparkfun before, shipped to sydney, and the postage is usually ~$15ish
The boards are really good quality too. As a comparison, while Sparkfu's PCB service was being redone, I had a board made through another supplier for a similar price to what sparkfun charge. It didn't cme with a silkscreen on the bottom layer, the soldermask was offset slightly making soldering fine pitch stuff a pain, and the soldermask has started to flake off in large sections. This board is 3 days old!
Boards I've had made through sparkfun still look brand new months and months later, and have been a joy to solder, even for the fine pitch stuff