Dangerous Prototypes – PCB Manufacturer Review

http://dangerousprototypes.com/store – another brand of DirtyPCBs, probably their „beta” site

My orders

For now, I have places three orders there, all with the same specification:

  • PCBs:
    • FR4
    • 2 layers
    • 10cm x 10cm
    • 10 pcs
    • 1.6mm thick
    • 1oz/ft2 = 35um
    • HASL
    • Green
  • Stencil: frameless

In one of my orders I also used free „panelization”. They allow to duplicate the same layout over one board – I had 4x 4.5cm x 4.5cm over one 10cm x 10cm piece.

Price:

The price differs between orders, they have been adjusting it from time to time. Shipping was not free (not included in pcbs cost).

  • 1st and 2nd order (07.03.16 and 26.04.16): Boards + Stencil = $36.95, DHL = $16.00, Total = $52.95
  • 3rd order (04.07.16): Boards + Stencil = $41.95, DHL = $16.00, Total = $57.95

Price includes & payment methods:

Exactly the same as for DirtyPCBS.com – PCB Prototyping review

Processing time (not the same!):

1st order:

07.03.16 – Order Received

09.03.16 – In production.

… 15 days of glitch ….

25.03.16 – I sent message to ask where are my boards

28.03.16 – Received information about some technical problems with website, status changed to „Shipped”

30.03.16 – Board become trackable

So – 23 days from order to shipping. Quite long, especially that their „Lead Time: Normal” was 6-8 days.

2nd order:

26.04.16 – Ordered

27.04.16 – In production

04.05.16 – Send

05.05.16 – Trackable

Now it’s 7 days, do pretty good.

3rd order:

04.07.16 – Ordered

06.07.16 – In production

19.07.16 – Sent

20.07.16 – Trackable

15 days, not bad, but expected something closer to what they say at their site

What I received:

This is also the same as for DirtyPCBs. The use probably the same board house, so the package was the same, boards were packages the same etc.

In one of my orders I used panelization, boards were done exactly as I ordered, with no additional cost.

In one of my projects, one of 10 boards had a flaw – ground plane was connected with VCC signal, see photos 🙁

Photos:

Conclusion:

In mid 2016 it was the cheapest option ($50-$60 with DHL). However, the shipping time was totally unpredictable. The overall quality was same as for dirty pcbs.

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