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Adventures in Ordering Pre-Assembled PCBs

ch00ftech has been on a roll lately with their blog posts documenting the process of building their new QR Clock.  In the latest blog post, ch00f talks about the process of having circuit boards fabricated and assembled by a third party.

The original prototype took about an hour and a half to assemble, and since I don’t feel like quitting my day job to take up a career in burning my fingers, I decided it might be a good idea to look at some other options for assembly.

This post outlines my experiences of ordering PCBs pre-assembled.  I decided to go into a lot of detail with this post because while the ordering process was fairly straight forward, there were some slightly confusing parts to it, and if there’s one thing you don’t want to be when you’re dropping a few hundred/thousand dollars on PCBs, it’s unsure.  I figure this will be a rich resource for anyone planning on placing a similar order.


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