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johnnyd:
I'm wondering if there's a good company out there that can turn prototypes around for less than $300 per part?

As my prototypes get smaller and more complex, I've felt the pain of doing a lot of soldering. I've been looking for a company that can do the prototyping for me.

The last six months I've been working on a project that has growing number of parts, a lot of LQFP pins, smaller and smaller SMD parts. There have been a lot of re-designs and each time, I feel more pain of multi-day builds and tests.

The pain of soldering these projects by hand pushed me to look for a company that could prototype the project.
I couldn't find a company that would cost something reasonable: most of the quotes were in the $500 to $1,000 per board range.

I was wondering if anyone knew of a company that was offering prototype assembly on the cheap. I can wait 8 days (I can wait longer), but the price of $750 per prototype is too expensive for me.

I was also wondering if anyone else had this problem and thoughts on how to solve it? I saw Sparkfun's Pit of Despair blog post a few months back and thought I might be sinking into that (http://www.sparkfun.com/news/909)

hesai:
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If a PM was sent there is no need to advertise publicly !

tesla500:
Please don't remove advertisements in this case. I'm looking for something similar, and would appreciate it if posts about services/solutions would not be removed.

deephaven:

--- Quote from: tesla500 on January 07, 2013, 08:04:56 pm ---Please don't remove advertisements in this case. I'm looking for something similar, and would appreciate it if posts about services/solutions would not be removed.

--- End quote ---

+1 Surely that censorship goes right against the ethos of this forum!

Itead Studio is really good value. I (and many other people round here) have used them several times. Prices are incredibly low.

Simon:
The people have spoken, there is of course a difference between suggesting a company one has used and can recommend and a company that may be anything advertising itself, naturally this forum offers no endorsement to such companies who are having to resort to advertising at such a low level. We recently had a surge of PCB companies posting randomly to advertise themselves. The user is still a forum member and their post is still there so you can contact them.

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