I imagine this is a bit of a stretch, but I'm working through some iterations of a cable harness for a 3D printer. I've considered that a custom PCB may be in order (still on the fence there), but the actual connectors I'm using right now really fit the bill (the TE1981921-1 here: https://www.te.com/usa-en/product-1981921-1.html). I'm really intent on that due to the pin density at the given wire gauge and haven't found anything designed for boards that's close.
All that said, there isn't a wire-to-board option. I briefly toyed with the idea of crimping the receptacles to board-to-board pins, adding a touch of solder, then soldering THOSE to the board, but I can't tell if this is "Hillbilly electronics" or if it's a feasible idea. Is there a reason to avoid this method? Obviously proper spacers would need to be involved, both between the jack case and board and the board and cut-through to prevent the board from cracking when you plug it in. But are there any other reasons this would be bad? The actual power draw should be fairly low - though it's rated highly and I considered pushing my hot end power through that connection (up to 24V @ 40W), though would be happy to also run a cable and surface mount some XT30s for power if there's a resistance or possible desolder issue with the power line.
Anyway, I'm new to DIY electronics, so thought it'd be best just to ask. Thanks!