I’m involved in project Jaluino, an Arduino-like board, powered by Microchip PIC (currently 18F4550), jalv2 and jallib (open source compiler and libraries, Jal being a high-level language for PICmicro). Jaluino is 100% open source project (Creative Commons 3.0 BY-SA for designs, schematics, documentation, BSD/ZLIB for libraries).
We’re currently looking for a way to provide Jaluino PCB, made by a professional manufacturer, hoping it’ll help users adopting Jaluino. While being able to build it (DIY) is important, we understand not being able to sell at least a PCB can be a serious limitation.
I’ve been told about seeedstudio, and its “Fusion PCB service”. Looks like it’s now discarded in favor of “Fusion Kit service”. We may one day want to provide Jaluino Kits, but for now, it might be too early, we need more feedback about our board. For now, I’m considering about bying few boards through your “Protoyping service”.
Few questions I have:
- that’s $40 for 10 boards (10cmx10cm), if there any rebate when ordering 10 more boards ? Any other service I could use for ordering more than 10 boards ?
- about E-test, I was wondering if +10$ is really required to have 100% boards tested (is probability of defective boards high ?)
- about kits, how can I have an estimation (even rough) of the price you could provide ? I mean you need a BOM but how can I know the prices you can have for each part ? I guess this requires some emails communication ? Would you be interested in distributing it ?
- I think I know the answer, but do you have plan to provide “Fusion PCB service” again ?
Any advices, suggestions, remarks, are greatly welcome. More information about Jaluino and other jalv2 related project can be found at: jaluino.org