Shea Silverman posts about making art with printed circuit board manufacturing methods:
I’m a collector. I like to collect things. Video games, Raspberry Pis, Pokemon cards, and Pins. I don’t have many pins, but they really appeal to me. It’s like pixel art. Making awesome designs with limited colors on a small canvas.
A eureka moment hit when PCBWay wrote this month asking if they could sponsor Shea’s next PCB board.
I use Inkscape for a lot of things, mostly for setting up projects on the laser cutter at FamiLAB, but I never thought of using it to create PCBs! The boards came out amazing!
And the verdict:
- The boards I received from PCBWay.com blew me away.
- I was not expecting much for $5 (+ $15 shipping from China).
- I ordered the boards on Saturday, they shipped them out on Wednesday, and they were in my hands by Friday.
- The production speed is incredible.
- They audit every board before you pay and begin production.
- The ordering experience was a little clunky.
- I had to input my dimensions and order details BEFORE uploading my Gerber files. Other PCB manufacturers usually get order details from the Gerbers.
- Because I was making pins, I didn’t need anything drilled. This caused the audit to fail, and due to the time zome difference, their message to me and my reply caused a 20 hour delay in production. edit: Adding a note to ignore the drill file for my second order caused it to pass the audit test without delay.
The Pros HEAVILY outweigh the very minor Cons I experienced. I will have zero problem using them from now on for my board needs!