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PCB designs with partial assembly in mind?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:46 pm    Post subject: PCB designs with partial assembly in mind? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm starting to get a handle on Eagle and what I'd like to do is:

1. Design using both surface mount parts and through hole.
2. Have a professional service manufacture the pcbs and do all the surface mount stuff for me.
3. Then do the through hole parts myself.

Has anyone else tried this and can you give me some thoughts about your experiences?

Thanks
S

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Don't be afraid of doing SMD yourself, it's really not that difficult. Decent soldering iron, flux pen, tweezers and a magnifying lamp and your set.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I hear ya, it's really more about expediting the process and getting a nice result as quickly as possible. Long story, circumstances, life, reasons, etc etc etc.
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

i second the idea of rapid assembly with sm. No flipping back and forth, no putting things in backwards.. well, less so. Smile no parts falling out or burning your finger while you hold it in upside down.

just go with 805 or 1206 and assemble from the inside out and put the big stuff in last, excepting soic's
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