PCB Design Javascript cost calculator
About

This is a quick calculator for the most popular PCB manufacturers for prototype PCBs.

Shipping is often approximated, usually UPS ground or whatever is least expensive. This software is also US-centric, costs may be different for Europe, Canada, Australia, etc.

These prices are current as of August, 2007

All of these have been either tried by myself or recommended by others but be sure to read up on the manufacturers, and verify things like yield, drill-sizes, and DFM constraints! This calculator is not guaranteed and is offered as-is. Feel free to snag the Javascript code, its public domain.

Have a comment or suggestion? Maybe another manufacturer you'd like me to add? Post it in the forum!

Calculate costs

This is a javascript calculator that will tell you (approximately) your cost for a PCB design. Its only inteded for 'prototype quantities' usually a couple dozen (max) pieces.

Width (inches) Length (inches) Quantity (minimum) Size (square inches)
inches inches PCBs square inches


Prototype PCBs, no soldermask or silkscreen, usually 1-3 day turn.

PCB Manufacturer # PCBs Cost Per Cost Shipping Total Notes
Barebones PCB
Can deduct cost from future production orders
PCB express E1
Free
Preset #'s of PCBs
APcircuits basic
Haven't quite been able to figure out their calculator algorithm. Try it here.

Prototype PCBs, with 2 sides green mask and 1 or 2 sides silkscreen, usually 3-10 day turn

PCB Manufacturer # PCBs # Panels PCBs per Panels Cost Per Cost Shipping Total Lead Time Notes
33each (Advanced Circuits)
1
5 day One design only, 3 piece minimum
33each + panelize
5 day Will not depanelize, 3 piece minimum
PCB express E2
1
Free
2 day Preset #'s of PCBs
Gold Phoenix 100 sq in.
Free
Up to 6 day Free depanelization, but $30 for multiproject. ships FedEx from China. Often has $10 discount
Gold Phoenix 155 sq in.
Free
Up to 6 day Free depanelization, but $30 for multiproject. ships FedEx from China. Often has $10 discount
Olimex DSS
Up to 5 day Free depanelization, ships from Europe
Olimex DSQ
Up to 5 day Free depanelization, ships from Europe
Sierra Proto Express 4 day Single design only
PCBFabExpress
1
5 day Single design only, 5 pc minimum
BatchPCB
1
10 day ? Multi-design OK, long lead time

 

May 17, 2011 20:07