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"Practically speaking", given I developed a electronic system (in my case with the Arduino board), what are next steps to make in order to produce and market that system (in my case, regardless of licenses since those seems to be OK for my Arduino project)? For example, who should I contact to mass-produce a electronic system? What type of relationships should I start? What look for and what to care?

Note: I ask that since my previous question.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Not sure that this question is a good fit here, since it isn't an engineering question pe se \$\endgroup\$ – angelatlarge Apr 3 '13 at 21:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @angelatlarge - Where I should post this question? I posted here because I thought that some engineer could know about this matter. \$\endgroup\$ – Backo Apr 3 '13 at 21:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ As I stated in a comment or answer to your previous question: you must decide on the volume (numer of units) you want to optimize for. Planning for 10's of units a year is totally different from planning for 1000's/y. And the upfront expense is very different! \$\endgroup\$ – Wouter van Ooijen Apr 3 '13 at 21:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ @angelatlarge - I'm entirely in favor of questions about the approach one can take to producing a device. Engineering for production, and production engineering are very useful skills, which can interact closely with electrical (and mechanical!) engineering. If it's not explicitly on-topic, it's certainly an essential adjunct. \$\endgroup\$ – Connor Wolf Apr 3 '13 at 21:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Backo, you need to pick a number. Any number, that you think you could sell in a reasonable amount of time. That's step 1. \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Apr 3 '13 at 22:18
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I do this for a living: design, prototype and take electronics to manufacture.

You need an electronics assembler / manufacturer. An example is http://www.asteelflash.com/ (no affiliation, but I've worked with them). Find a number of assemblers, bring them your design and ask them to quote for it. They will in turn ask you a number of questions, such as "How many?" and "Do you have funding for this?", before getting to technical questions related to testing and assembly. The smaller ones will let you have a little tour of the factory once they think you're a serious customer.

Asteelflash are probably suitable for the 250-10,000 unit range of production. There are smaller companies that will do smaller runs, usually a few guys in an industrial park in some corner of a city. You can have them hand-assemble for you, but the per-unit cost is quite high.

You need to work out a business plan as well, although that's beyond the scope of this site.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Would I be right in thinking CE UL ROHS and WEEE etc are also beyond the scope of this site? \$\endgroup\$ – RedGrittyBrick Apr 11 '13 at 16:45

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