For many years Seeedstudio has been known as a development forge and shop of all kinds of fine electronic gadgets and accessories, making the heart of the maker beat faster. For some time now a board service has also been offered. This is what my little test is about.

 

Recently I was asked by Seeedstudio if I would like to test their circuit boards service. Of course I accepted this invitation gratefully.

The order page presents itself tidy and functional, as with most other service providers.

Webseite von SeeedstudioWebsite of Seeedstudio


 

As usual for many, you first upload the ZIP file with the Gerber files. Then you can enter several parameters like number of layers, color, board thickness, etc..

What I missed at this point is the possibility to also select so-called cut-off goldfingers, i.e. the possibility to chamfer the contact strip for plug-in cards in order to insert them more easily into the corresponding slot.

There is only the hint to contact the Advanced Service for further features. Unfortunately, the boards there are also much more expensive, since this is more aimed at the commercial sector.

An order is made quickly. Also the price is with 4,90 dollars for 10 boards in the usual range, whereby here other colors and some features are not reflected in a higher price.

However, the shipping costs are already rather in the medium range to settle. For 10 boards in the format 70x50x1.6mm, 11.86 dollars will be charged for the cheapest shipping, in this case Singapore Post.

Auswahl der VersandmethodeChoosing the shipping method

 

However, there are also faster shipping methods available, such as DHL Express, which of course result in an extreme surcharge. In addition, import sales tax is due for the shipping costs alone, and DHL is happy to collect a commission of 12.50 euros at the door.

But the goods will be here in about 3 days, whereby the production time of the circuit boards is not yet included.

One can pay both by PayPal, and with the credit card. The ordering process is very easy and everything is very clear.

After ordering you can see a status in your online account, but it is very economical compared to other service providers. You can't see how far the circuit boards are and what's being done. Surely you are spoiled by some other manufacturers.

Etwas mehr an Infomation dürfte es schon sein

A little bit more information might be needed already
 

We advertise with a production time of about 3 days. In addition to the test order for which I had received a voucher, I also carried out a completely regular order as a second test.

I had ordered the PCBs on September 22, 2018. Shortly afterwards I received an e-mail that the PCBs had been put into production.

However, they were sent on September 30th, 8 days later. Also my second order was with 10 days much longer in the production than the indicated 3 days.

Thus, those who urgently depend on the circuit boards have to be patient accordingly. In addition, the first order, which was dispatched on September 30th, was only received by the carrier on October 5th.

So a whole 2 weeks have passed from the order to the real dispatch. This is a rather sad record so far. On average, all orders with other service providers were on the way after one week at the latest, with the exception of Aisler, who took a good 3 weeks with my last orders.

The actual dispatch was with 14 days then in the completely usual framework for the standard dispatch. A tracking number is displayed in the online account so that you can always keep track of where the package is at the moment.

The circuit boards are delivered shrink-wrapped. Additionally wrapped in plenty of bubble wrap and packed in a sturdy thick cardboard box. So nothing can happen on the long transport route. The stencil is additionally packed between two sturdy cardboard plates so that nothing can be bent or bent.

I ordered PCBs in SMD technology as well as normal THT construction for the usual components. Additionally I ordered a stencil.

There is nothing to criticize in the execution of the production. The solder mask is clean and absolutely congruent. The contacts and drillings are also without any flaws.

Also the stencil is absolutely congruent to the PCB. Also this was manufactured very cleanly. Also the printed circuit boards assembled and soldered by me showed no error,

All in all there is no criticism to the circuit boards and can be ordered without hesitation.


Conclusion

Even though the manufacturing process, including the handover to the carrier, has already taken an unusually long time, I cannot find anything negative about the actual circuit boards. They are produced on a very good level and are also mid-range in price.

The only thing I have to criticize is their status and duration.


Positive

  • Clear ordering process
  • Many features are already included in the standard price of $4.90
  • Shipping costs are in the middle range, even if you also order a stencil
  • Stencils and blanks are clean and accurate
  • Goods are packed very well protected

Negative

  • Duration of production, or until handover to dispatch takes place
  • Only very simple status

 

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