The boards for Disaster were received yesterday (5/30/2012). The gerbers were sent to the factory on 5/14/2012, so that is about a two week turn even using the slow boat from China. (The original submission was on 5/10/2012, but the boards were rejected because it looked like multiple designs. The back and forth took about a week until the approved the designs. I need to remove the silkscreen on the back of the boards so it doesn’t look like individual boards. The ground plane pours make it easy to figure out where to cut the boards.)
Two or three week turn is incredible for the price I paid. Itead Studio is now my favorite cheap board house. I look forward to using them frequently in the next couple of years.
Last week I populated a surface mount board using a hot plate and solder paste. It went surprisingly well, and I only had two solder bridges because I had too much paste on the pads. I’m sure that the process will go a little better the next time. I need to remember to layout out all the components before hand because I dropped approximately 30% of the 0805 sized resistors on the floor around my desk.
As promised, I’m going to throw up the schematic for the open pinball boards. Since I don’t know how to put up the Kicad stuff easily, I’ll just throw up the schematic itself in a PDF format. At least other people will be able to read it.
Next up is to populate one of each of the individual boards, and then start testing them. We are trying to embedded a motor in a board for a project at work, so the solenoid driver might be useful to drive that circuit.