We recently placed an order on JLCPCB.com for 5 pieces of a PCB design we have done here at electronics-lab.com. The project we were dealing is a 60V to 5V @ 3.5A buck converter based on TPS54360B and we are going to publish it soon under Projects -> Power. The PCB design has 2 layers and was done on Autodesk Eagle. In this post we will discuss, how to export the Gerber files from Autodesk Eagle, how to place an order on JLCPCB, how much was the delivery time, unboxing of PCBs and quality inspection.
Autodesk Eagle Gerber Export For JLCPCB.Com
The Gerber export was straight forward. All we have to do is to hit the “CAM Processor” button, make sure “template_2_layer.cam” is loaded, then select “Gerber” on the list at the left and change Output Type to Gerber RS-274X. After that, click on the “+” sign below left list and select “New Gerber Output“, change the Name and Description to “Vias” and add “Vias layer” on the list below. Check export as Zip, then Process Job and save the output file to your preferred location. You should get a message “Job Processed Succesfully“.
If you want to go the fast way, you can download JLCPCB.zip which contains all the necessary changes for the CAM Processor in a single .cam file. You just have to load it by clicking “Load Job File” and process the job.
Please note, that Drill file is generated along with the Gerbers and is included in the resulting .zip
Placing An Order On JLCPCB.Com
Now, that you have the Gerber files exported, you can easily upload them to the JLCPCB website and get a quote. Once uploaded to their website, the interface will detect the size of the board and display the thumbnail of it, just to verify everything is as you expect. The cost for 5 small size PCBs is only 2 USD with build time 2-3 days and 4x delivery options. The fasted of them is via DHL and costs $23. With this option selected you will get your boards in 3-5 business days. We placed our order on 26/02/2019 and we received them through DHL on 05/03/2019, that’s a total of 7 days and that’s pretty quick in most cases.