I know this is a bit of a longshot for people to answer as it’s very specific to my project - but given that I’m not particularly experienced with PCB design yet, I want to avoid wasting a lot of time on training myself, creating the design files etc. before finding out the answer to this myself.
Please see my project below:
It contains a Particle Electron, 5 sensor breakout boards, all powered by a D-cell battery. The cost per device is about $105 right now, and I’m aiming to produce between 250 and 500 of these over the next 12 months.
As you can probably figure, a big drawback for a setup like this is that a lot of time is spent soldering all the individual components - which also comes with the risk of human error. Therefore, I was wondering how difficult it would be for an inexperienced person like me, to take the current PCB design file (which I created), and embed the sensor breakout Eagle files into it and have it all manufactured somewhere in one go.
(1) Assuming I can find Eagle files for them, how hard would it be to embed the sensors into a PCB design? Is it just a matter of copy-paste, remove the thru-holes, and connecting the pins straight to my Electron?
(2) Would it be economically feasible to have only 250-500 PCBs like this produced and assembled? I don’t want to incur a lot of additional expenses, if it is substantially more expensive than doing it manually.