audioman wrote:I have pretty much found that it is cheaper to just send out gerbers and get boards made. By the time you purchase all the chemicals and materials, it costs a lot of money.
I guess that depends on what scale you are making boards... for someone like me who will usually only ever make 1 or 2 copies of a particular design the set-up costs and shipping for a board made professionally are too expensive. and of course it takes longer.
If you use the toner-transfer method it will be cheaper as you don't need to worry about pre-sensitized boards and the developer chemical.