OSH Park - PCB Ordering Has Never Been So Easy.
Back at the end of January, when we first agreed to build oshpark.com for Laen we had no idea that we would spend the middle week of May cramming to squash the last of the user facing bugs before a big launch at Maker Faire.
So what is OSH Park?
OSH Park is your go-to site when it comes to fabrication of prototype circuit boards. Over the last couple of years Laen has built a reputation for quality and reliability and a large customer-base from every continent on earth. What started as a group PCB order for his local hackerspace, DorkbotPDX grew and grew until it became an almost full-time job handling orders and sending panels to the fabricator every other day.
As the creators of axe.io, prototyped using Laen’s beautiful purple boards we were familiar with the problem space as well as his workflow, and having done a review of some of the competing online services in his space knew that it would be relatively straightforward to build a website which radically raised the bar on customer experience.
How does it work?
Customers upload their design files in an industry standard format and the site immediately processes these into a high-quality rendering of what the finished board should look like, as well as each of the individual layers which make up the board (silk screen, solder mask, copper layers, etc). The user is able to review that the system has processed them correctly and then continue on to ordering.
We’re really proud of the work we were able to achieve with the launch of OSH Park, and if you’re an electronics maker we hope to see your boards in the site’s Flickr group in the near future.