This Instructable outlines the process of preparing to get your circuit designs fabbed into professional PCBs. It walks you through, from designing the schematic to preparing the Gerber files to finding a fabber and ordering your job. And yes, they got theirs done in China. We’ll leave the moral, political, and environmental decisions in that regard up to you.

Professional PCBs almost cheaper than making them at home – Link


  • Ordering PCBs from China – Link
  • Gold Phoenix vs. Olimex – Link
  • HOW TO – Manufacture your own PCBs – Link
  • PCBs with magazine paper – Link
Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • VoidReturn

    I just received some PCBs from Gold Phoenix of China. They look great and the ordering process was easy. You do have to wait 10-12 days however.

  • VoidReturn

    I posted pictures of the boards I ordered from Gold Phoenix raw and populated at my blog. There is something magical about having your project made into a PCB.