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    I'm sure old news to a lot of you guys but its my first time

    On a recommendation from [MENTION=6860]Frank_fjs[/MENTION] I gave PCBWay a go to get a few small jobs done and within a few days of ordering they had arrived!

    IMAG0186[1].jpg

    Top one is to replace a custom Z80 on a very rare Arcade PCB Atomic Robokid. I haven't fired up mine for years but its a nice to have the option there if the Z80 fails. To my surprise they aren't battery backed up like Sega, some clever people out there.
    Info and credit HERE

    The bottom one is and adapter for Galaxian to replace four of the spite rams for one 2101 ram. I'm starting work on a long dead and neglected Galaxian board and thought this would be a nice thing to have. It should work on several other games as well.
    You can read about it on macros arcade HERE
    I slightly edited the brd file in Eagle, some of the text was cut off.

    Cost $10 usd for both of these which made 5 pieces each and $27 USD with DHL postage.
    Pretty awesome value and now I've done it once it's got me motivated to try design my own adapter boards for various projects.

    I got spares if anybody needs them

  • #2
    Try JLCPCB for simple boards, a lot more economical with the same quality.

    PCBWAY allows for more complex options but they cost a lot more, even for simple 2 layer PCBs.
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    • #3
      P.s. If / when you get into designing your own PCBs, give EasyEDA software a try.
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      • #4
        The service from PCBway is good. I use them all the time.
        "Everyone's always in favour of saving Hitler's brain. But when you put it in the body of a great white shark, ooohh! Suddenly you've gone too far!"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Frank_fjs View Post
          P.s. If / when you get into designing your own PCBs, give EasyEDA software a try.
          Will do.

          Originally posted by David_AVD View Post
          The service from PCBway is good. I use them all the time.
          Yeah it was impressive.

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          • #6
            I agree, PCBWAY is great but I find their prices a little high, esoecially for smaller / simpler PCBs. Not a fan of payment (PayPal fees) either.

            JLC don't charge payment fees and you save a considerable amount with more complex options such as 4 layer PCBs and enig finish etc.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Frank_fjs View Post
              I agree, PCBWAY is great but I find their prices a little high, esoecially for smaller / simpler PCBs. Not a fan of payment (PayPal fees) either.

              JLC don't charge payment fees and you save a considerable amount with more complex options such as 4 layer PCBs and enig finish etc.
              Well you did recommend on its simplicity and I'm pretty simple

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              Oh and does anybody know the name of the pin strips in this pic?


              Looks like the pins are thinner on one end? it's exactly what I need.

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              • #8
                Machined header pins. One end is designed to solder into a PCB, the other inserts into a dip socket.

                AU $2.92 | 5pcs 40 Pin Connector Header Round Needle 1x40 Golden Pin Single Row Male 2.54mm Breakable Pin Connector Strip Free shipping
                https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/TVPWn3S
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                • #9
                  Screenshot_2019-07-27 Online Gerber Viewer - PCB Prototype the Easy Way - PCBWay.png
                  Here's my super basic first pcb design I just sent off to get made for a project.
                  That Easy EDA is fun.

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                  • #10
                    Looks great man!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Frank_fjs View Post
                      Looks great man!
                      Thanks mate you've been a big help.

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                      • #12
                        I could be wrong, depends on how the Gerber viewer is interpretting things, that text in the copper layer probably won't be visible unless you select it and choose 'expose copper'. As is I believe it will be covered by the solder mask. Not sure if that matters to you or not.
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                        • #13
                          Thanks for pointing that out mate, It's just the silk screen layer. I Selected the text and in the drop down went from TopLayer to TopSilkLayer.
                          I couldn't see any expose copper option
                          Screenshot_2019-07-27 Online Gerber Viewer - PCB Prototype the Easy Way - PCBWay(1).png
                          I sent them the corrected file hopefully they can swap it over in time, if not its not really a big deal, its just for a project im working on to save a bit of extra wiring/hacking.

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                          • #14
                            Yeah easiest way is to do what you did and just move it to the top silk layer.

                            Previously you had it on the top copper layer. I mean, you'll still see it, faintly, it will appear as traces do if that makes sense.

                            If you wanted to, I'll look up where the exposed copper option is... You can do font / text on the copper layer and expose it so the soldermask doesn't cover it. Means it will just be done in copper, will look like an exposed surface mount pad for example.
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                            • #15
                              Keep in mind that once the text gets too small, the overlay printing will end up blobby. The copper layer will likely have better resolution.
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