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General Discussions => Machine Shop => Topic started by: john12ax7 on June 18, 2016, 11:26:18 PM

Title: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
Post by: john12ax7 on June 18, 2016, 11:26:18 PM
The hard gold plating for the 500 series edge connector adds significant cost.

So any suggestions for a good quality reasonably priced place? Lower quantities like 25-50 pcs.
Title: Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
Post by: gyraf on June 20, 2016, 03:15:51 AM
For good, predictable and consistent quality, I'd recommend someone like my supplier "PrintLine" in Denmark (that PCBGrinder uses/runs). Probably not the cheapest, but very far from being expensive...

In general, for PCB's you really get what you pay for. Seen very few exceptions to this.

Jakob E.
Title: Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
Post by: john12ax7 on June 20, 2016, 11:52:15 PM
I looked up Printline and their prices are very reasonable, wonder if there is an equivalent in the US? There are places for regular PCBs, but things get  unreasonable when you need the gold plating.
Title: Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
Post by: gyraf on June 21, 2016, 01:30:35 AM
PrintLine only recently started their in-house gold line - but I think it's getting more common that pcb manufacturers do gold as part of the service.

Also ask yourself: Do you actually need gold?

Jakob E.
Title: Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
Post by: john12ax7 on June 21, 2016, 02:37:16 AM
Also ask yourself: Do you actually need gold?

Isn't hard gold a requirement for an edge connector?
Title: Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
Post by: gyraf on June 21, 2016, 05:23:09 AM
I don't see the rationale in it being an absolute requirement - and I've seen quite a few tinned edge connectors working fine over the years..?
Title: Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
Post by: Oliver B on July 07, 2016, 10:27:11 PM
The hard gold plating for the 500 series edge connector adds significant cost.

So any suggestions for a good quality reasonably priced place? Lower quantities like 25-50 pcs.

Hi gyraf,   you can see this article for reference : http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick-PCB-Prototyping-Where-to-Make-Our-Own-PCB-/
Title: Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
Post by: gyraf on July 08, 2016, 03:15:10 AM
Thanks, Oliver - that's a pretty nice run-down of the current options.

Jakob E.