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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!
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