With the Gadgeteer news surfacing, I am now rethinking my approach here.
I am going to get some PCBs made up for @ Dave’s open 5" Gadgeteer LCD that leverages the Newhaven displays, because I have a need to have a few. @ Dave talks about them here: https://www.ghielectronics.com/community/forum/topic?id=15334. I don’t know if there were ever any sales in Turnkey solutions, but there didn’t seem to be blinding enthusiasm either - so not really expecting that to materially change.
Last week, I was intending to get 10 PCBs made, order parts for 10, order a couple of displays for my needs, and offer up the “excess” assembled PCBs to the community. This week, I am more cautious since having 7 PCBs assembled and nobody interested is a little more costly. So, if you are potentially interested, let me know.
these PCBs will have mounting holes on 5mm grid for Holey Board or similar mounting, and RGBI sockets. They will also have @ Dave’s branding on them - he did after all do all the hard work in the design and testing of them!
I have NO idea at this point what the price point will be, but I’ll be ordering PCBs and components in small quantities, so they won’t be cheep cheep, but they will be kept as low as possible to cover costs.
this will be BYO LCD. I might include an option for supply of LCD as well if lots of people suggested it was preferred.
I would be interested, but what is the effect of having parts shipped into Australia and then back to the US - in addition to the cost of shipping twice in/out of Oz, you would have to build in whatever import duties there are there. Or can you get around that by virtue of shipping them out of the country again (like a VAT rebate)?
If most of the interested parties are in the US (which may not be true), is there a case to be made for assembling them here and then shipping them out? Will that reduce cost, perhaps even for folks overseas (since you wouldn’t have to cover both Oz and your home country’s import duties)? Just curious…
There’s no direct import costs for me to buy the components as they are all relatively low value (LCDs aside - which is one of the reasons I was suggesting bare PCBs).
Shipping will suck. I had just intended to use envelopes rather than boxes for PCB shipping (with LCD is a whole different problem).
Import into countries where things like VAT apply will suck. I’d try to minimise that where possible (“Gift” declaration and low declared cost, you know, all the usual eBay ships from Shenzhen tricks, and anything else individuals would want me to try).
Anyway, for about US$100 I can get 10x boards and a stainless steel solder paste stencil landed in AUS. I am expecting that the components costs is in the same ballpark, so that means about $20/piece, cheap and cheerful postage should be under $10 I hope (not explored). LCDs are about US$60/pop, and for me there’s only one price break which is about AU$1 at 5 units (they have recently removed the price break at 3off) so that’s a flat cost no matter how many I have to make.
But there is a bit of interest here that might nudge the order over 10x which will get a price break on PCBs to 20x, but that’s unlikely to have a big impact on the component costs. And while I need some of these boards (and so will be doing something here no matter what), others are also able to ask Dave for the gerbers and do a run, so a US option might well work out better if someone else put their hand up.
Nah. According to this thread https://www.ghielectronics.com/community/forum/topic?id=19864 it’s meant to work with the display that I’m targeting (well at least the 5" link now redirects to the one I’m targeting). Are you sure it’s not just the setup parameters you need to adjust? Start a new thread Edit: yeah I see they don’t list the 5" on the module catalog page. Perhaps there’s something to that… I do know that the backlight power requirements is reasonably high on these displays, and perhaps the NHVN module doesn’t have the oomph to drive it.
“They” in this context was Digikey. As we were talking a week or so ago there was a price break at 3 and from memory there were probably some at 5 and 10, but now the page shows the 1x unit price and the 5x price (in US$ on the US DigiKey website, price is $60 and $59.376 so no saving). Of course could always consider ordering from NHVN themselves, but I’ll still need an Element14 or Digikey order anyhow for the rest of the components.
Anyone who has said they want one, best start laying out your country for shipping. @ MCalsyn and I will chat behind the scenes.
PCBs - anyone used Dirty PCBs and their stencil service before?