Why working together works for us both
Saar Drimer is the Author of this Paper.
Founder of Boldport Ltd
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On paper we’re unlikely collaborators. Eurocircuits is focused on common manufacturing sweet-spots while I, at Boldport, break traditional circuit board design banalities by pushing the medium in new directions; I call what I do ‘electronics craftsmanship’.
I got in touch with Eurocircuits in late 2012 when the first ever design I made with PCBmodE ─ my own open source PCB software ─ was getting ready to be manufactured. To my surprise Eurocircuits’ PCB Visualiser accepted my Gerbers without problem. I ordered ten units for about €100, which was much cheaper than the quotations I got from non-pooled services. I was happy.
As I sent more boards to Eurocircuits I often got upset, and vocal about it on social media, after Eurocircuits added their production number onto my beautiful boards at the most inconvenient and visible places. Minor silkscreen imperfections and soldermask blemishes annoyed me as well.
It seemed to me that it wasn’t going to work despite my appreciation for the way Eurocircuits goes about their business. At some point I’ve learnt that I’m now called a ‘troublemaker’ internally, which, to me, was more flattering than upsetting.