I'm a student living in the UK.
I have this great idea for a product that fills a niche market and it interests me. It's a powerful on screen display module with datalogging capabilities, and it's open source hardware and software. See http://code.google.com/p/super-osd/.
I want to start selling these modules. I have PCB designs and I'm ready to order the components, but what route should I take for manufacturing the modules? I see three main possibilities:
- Etch my own PCBs and solder components on - pretty much a no go as I'm dealing with double sided surface mount boards.
- Order PCBs cheap from China and solder all 40 odd (0603, TQFP44 etc.) components on myself. (Probably the cheapest option but lots of manual labour.)
- Get a quote for PCB+assembly.