john12ax7

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.


gyraf

Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
« Reply #1 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.
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..

john12ax7

Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
« Reply #2 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.

gyraf

Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
« Reply #3 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.
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..

john12ax7

Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
« Reply #4 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?

gyraf

Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
« Reply #5 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..?
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..

Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
« Reply #6 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-/

gyraf

Re: PCB Fab House Suggestions for Gold Plated 500 Series Connector
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2016, 03:15:10 AM »
Thanks, Oliver - that's a pretty nice run-down of the current options.

Jakob E.
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..