09/03/2018 at 14:51 •
This review is sponsored by JLCPCB and the board was manufactured and shipped free of charge.
However, the contents of this review has not been doctored, monitored or otherwise influenced by them. That is, I'm not paid to make this review.
All parts of this review is honest and reflects only my perspective without any outside pressure.
Now, with the legal stuff out of the way, let's begin.
So I have been contacted by the people at JLCPCB, a printed circuit board (and related product) manufacturing company based in Shenzhen, China, about this review.
I, of course, said yes since I had a PCB I really wanted to have it manufactured. (guess what it is -- a little medallion)
I made the design in KiCad and generated the Gerber files (and drill files) based on their tutorial, which is on their page. (https://support.jlcpcb.com/article/44-how-to-export-kicad-pcb-to-gerber-files)
The first designs were not processed because the errors were caught during the auditing process:
The page also has a progress meter which tells you what process is being done, which is handy. It's like watching a 3D model of yourself being printed on a 3D printer. Or seeing a CNC mill doing its job the first time.
After a bit of dum-de-dum-ing and finger twiddling, the process finished.
And the first thing that went through my mind was: YES! WHOOHOO!!!!
Then nearly immediately (in terms of business days) I get another email, this time from DHL.
(They provide some offers -- The green PCB is $2, and they have free shipping on first order. You can enjoy fast 3-day express shipping on your brand-new project!)
And after few days from that, I receive the boards in a nice package:
Inside was a double-wrapped package containing the finished PCBs, once inside the bubble mailer package and once in the vacuum-pack.
Here's the separated PCBs -- The quality is really really good. The bottom part looks messy because I didn't put enough holes there and it actually made it difficult to snap the board without breaking it in half or damaging it, so I had to basically saw it off.
I made a mistake with CH340G footprint, but it actually made it possible to show how accurate their PCB manufacturing process is:
Here I zoomed into the logo - the "Wild Hunt" text is about 0.8x1.0mm per letter.
Also here, I zoomed onto the one of the corners:Read more »