Isn't it time to move to a printed circuit board?

You've created a cool electronic device. It's sitting on a breadboard or hand-wired Vector board. You need to move it to a printed circuit board. You might need only 1 or perhaps 10 or 20 because you think you can sell it to other people. Maybe you don't have time to solder the components, maybe you do. No matter what you need, I'm the guy who can help you get there.

Here's what I do

I do all assembly by hand. This means you don't pay a dime for tooling, pick and place programming, stencils, or anything else. You price per board includes everything with no extra charges.

I don't like a lot of SMD. If your board is 90% SMD sans a few through-hole connectors, go somewhere else. I don't want your business. On the other hand, if your board is all or mostly through-hole with maybe an SOIC or 1206 component here or there, no problem.

For making PCB's, you have a choice. I can get them made in China or the USA. I'll give you two quotes up front so you can decide.

For board assembly, you can either send me components or I'll buy them for you. I only buy from authorized distributors. I usually use Mouser or Digikey and some others for hard to find items. I DO NOT mark up component costs. You pay exactly what I spend and you get a copy of the distributors invoice to prove it. I do have some standard and common components on hand at discount prices.

You can pay either by Paypal or check. If you are a medium to large business that needs some prototype work done, I can help. But don't expect me to fuck around with Purchase Orders and NET-30 terms. I'm too busy for that.

I don't have an "Instant Online Quote" thing. Just send me an email of what you're looking for and we'll talk on the phone or do follow-up emails to get you a quote. On average, I can do around $0.06 per hole on assembly. So to get a ballpark estimate, count up the component leads and multiply by 6 cents.

I'm okay with quantity 1 or 2 orders. I do that a lot. If you need higher volumes, 100 pcs or less is the limit. If you need more than that all at once, then go someplace else. Since all assembly is done by hand, you really don't save much on quantity. But the good news is that one or two boards won't cost you an arm and a leg because there are no NRE costs.

I normally do 2-layer boards, in sizes less than 6 x 10 inches. I can do 4-layer boards and larger sizes, but it's not my core business. My target market is individuals who need Arduino Shields or similar sized boards for DIY projects. I've been an electronics engineer for 35 years, so if you need hardware design or firmware programming, that's no problem.

The minimum board quantity from my fab houses is either 2 boards (USA supplier) or 5 boards(China supplier). It's okay if you only need 1 assembled, you'll still get the extra boards mailed to you.

I don't do international work anymore. Shipping charges to countries vary so much I wind up losing money. If you're in the USA or it's territories (if you have a zip code) I'll gladly work with you.

Send me email to get started. If you can, include any applicable documents and tell me what you need. I'll get back to you quickly.

Regards,
-Joe

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