HI Will -
As far as I know, we don’t have the option of making boards locally, we have to revert to US or China. In my brief experience with this, I have found China to be more cost effective.
The PCB design and enclosure design is what I enjoy most, so I am trying learning as much as I can. To the extend that I sold my business and enrolled at ASU to study electrical engineering. I always try to make things as small, neat and with as few wires as possible
While still studying, I turn to Google, Youtube and wherever I can learn from Some people in the forum like yourself and @ScruffR,@peekay123, @jaredwolff, @gusgonnet to name a few, has been great!! THANKS!!
I always order a small number of boards first (±10) from PCway. Cheap enough, usually around $5 - $10 for 10 depending on the copper weight of course. I had sample boards made up first and they seemed to work just fine. I then opted for more boards and decided to try their assembly option, which of course, increase the board price due to the components and the 4oz copper traces for the 220V.
I decided to close my eyes, hold my breath and cross my fingers and installed another photon on the board… success!!! No issues… well, so far.
Thank you for all your help!