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T-Tech vs LPKF - RF Cafe Forums

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Post subject: T-tech vs LPKF Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:49 am


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I am currently contemplating the purchase of a pcb prototyping machine. The machine will be used to prototype some patch antennas, microwave circuits, embedded systems, boards for various surface mount chips evaluations, possibly milling PZT material, and possibly milling aluminum/plastic for some small mechanical assemblies.

Right now I am considering machines from both LPKF and t tech. The LPKF system is about $6K more than the comperable t-tech machine considering work area and max spindle speed (for my application I think these are probably the most important concerns). LPKF claims that their machines are more durable and will last longer than the t-tech machines, but I am not sure if I really care about a difference between lasting 10 years or 15 years. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with either/both machines and had any comments/complaints that they would like to share. Thanks


Post subject: Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:29 pm


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Do not have any experience with the T-Tech, but the group I am at has had an LPKF for over 12 years and it still kicking. In its infancy it was heavily used but now is not used as much. We normally have quick protos done externally (if on FR-4 or similar) or use chemical etching (for Arlon and Rogers material).


Post subject: Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:36 pm

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I worked for 1 year in a company that had an LPKF machine (As far as I remember it was the C-60 model). LPKF is a good choice for what you are looking for. I remember that it had a good quality and reliability. We used it for prototyping of relatively big boards in quantities of up to 10 units. This was because we manufactured units for demonstration and by that saved a lot of money for external PCB manufacturing.

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- IR


Post subject: Re: Accurate 360Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:14 pm


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I pull this old topic because we definitely need a PCB prototyping machine.Applications planned, RF, embedded systems, small number of antennas and plastic front panels.

I found a lot of positive words for LPKF, but the price is what bothers me.
(new S62 $22-24K, S42 over $10K and specs below my needs)

T-tech doesn’t catch my eye due to some (not so positive) expressions form an owner of 3 years old machine.

Really prefer new machine.

Lately I found this one

Specs looks very good. Demo software loads all my projects perfectly.
The quote from Accurate is approx 1/3 of LPKF.

I need advise for:
- any one that have more info about Accurate 360 ?
- Other brands of PCB prototyping machines that are similar class?

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