This is partly a review of the Dirty PCB manufacturing service (“Dirt Cheap Dirty Boards” as they call it) as this is my first order. I usually let my boards being manufactured at Seeed Studio or iTeadStudio, but hearing a lot about Dirty PCB lately made me curious and so I ordered a small RFM26W breakout board.
They provide all you need (including Design Rules and CAM export) for Eagle CAD on their web side. For $14 you not only get around 10 boards (12 in my case) but also 6 different colors to choose from.
I did not opt for a fast delivery and so the package took 2 1/2 weeks from China to Germany. (Manufacturing the PCB took four days.)
The content was the first surprise – they actually added a Dangerous Prototypes sticker – yay… 🙂
(Comment: the vias need to be covered as they might lead to unwanted contacts. Not visible on the photo.)
So now I have a few new little HopRF RFM26W based boards to play around…
The Eagle CAD and Gerber files for the PCB are available in my 433 Key Project on GitHub.