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1  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Feeling stupid on: March 06, 2011, 07:36:43 pm
Sorry I misread, I thought you paid that just for the pcb and the soldering...
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: From prototype to mass production on: March 06, 2011, 10:48:46 am
@Valalvax
You have a point that's what I'll probably do.. And I could probably sell them for more as they are "handcrafted" smiley-grin

@balajitenetchat
Sorry I didn't get it, you guys build boards?

Also does anyone knows how much it would cost to build a custom PCB? About the size of the arduino uno board.
3  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Feeling stupid on: March 06, 2011, 10:41:07 am
Thnx for the info!

So basically they built the PCBs and soldered all SMD parts, right? 700 euros seem expensive though for 5 boards...
4  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Feeling stupid on: March 04, 2011, 05:49:18 am
Udo,

could you tell me the company that made the boards for you? Could you give a bit more info on that? Like you gave them only the blueprints, or did you also give them the components? For 140 euro each board they must have done everything from scratch right??


P.S. Good luck with the product!
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: From prototype to mass production on: March 04, 2011, 05:32:49 am
Thank you for the answers guys. I don't have a finished product yet, just an idea which is still far away from being a marketable product.
I used to work in a law office so getting legal advice will be the easy part, but I'm more interested in learning about the practical aspects of it, like what you said about the initial capital, or the first prototype units.

So If I got this right this is the workflow: idea -> testing -> prototype -> testing -> small quantity sample -> more testing & find retailers -> mass production.

Also can you tell me about manufacturers, preferably in Europe?
6  General Category / General Discussion / From prototype to mass production on: March 03, 2011, 04:13:33 pm
I need some experts' opinion on this.

So I have my arduino, build my prototype of an application or an arduino shield, it works great, designed a custom pcb, then what is the next step to small or large production?
What is the process followed?
How could you hire a company or a factory to build this for you?
Is there a minimum of prototypes a factory would manufacture for you?

I see many people on the arduino community, having a store and selling the stuff they made, how does all this work?
If someone has a personal experience I would be glad to hear it!
7  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: March 03, 2011, 04:03:15 pm

This is my first big order, after buying my arduino. I'm expecting them tomorrow hopefully!! smiley-grin


10k Rotary Potentiometer
Mini Light Dependent Resistor (LDR)
LM335Z Precision Temperature Sensor
16x2 LCD Display - Green on Black
5mm Green Diffused LED's (Pack of 10)
5mm Red Diffused LED's (Pack of 10)
5mm Yellow Diffused LED's (Pack of 10)
7 Compartment Storage Box/Case
Mixed Resistor Pack (70 resistors )
6mm Tactile Switch (Pack of 10)
Ceramic Capacitor - 0.1µF
Real Time Clock (RTC) Component Set
Heavy Duty Battery Clip
12v Regulated Power Supply - Euro Plug
8x8 Red/Green Dot Matrix Display

8  Community / Local Groups / Greece, anyone? on: March 03, 2011, 11:37:00 am
Hello there!

Are there any greek tinkers here?
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Adafruit Products in Switzerland on: March 01, 2011, 08:47:15 am
I don't currently live in Switzerland (but i will probably be there next year for a master's degree), but you can see here http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Buy that there are 2 distributors in Switzerland...
10  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Wipe out sketch from arduino the hard way on: March 01, 2011, 06:39:49 am
UPDATE -- I just updated the firmware, and now it works great! Pluggy your guide was great help.
Maybe you should add the image to the official guide, because the description there is not very clear.

Anyway, I intentionally loaded the faulty program again, which prints to the serial port, and when I uploaded something else it worked right away. So bug fixed!
11  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Wipe out sketch from arduino the hard way on: February 23, 2011, 05:15:35 pm
Thanks Pluggy, I'll try updating the firmware, and post back the results
12  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Wipe out sketch from arduino the hard way on: February 23, 2011, 01:25:43 pm
Thanks for the answer John. Actually I fixed it hitting the upload button about 20 times... smiley-razz As you mentioned uploading should reset the processor (I have a new Arduino Uno, which I bought about 2 weeks ago) but it didn't work.. I don't know what exactly happened, but persistance pays after all smiley-razz Thanks anyway
13  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / [Solved] Wipe out sketch from arduino the hard way - 8U2 firmware bug on: February 23, 2011, 12:23:58 pm
Hello everyone!

I bumped to a problem as i was playing with my arduino. I was working with serial communications on arduino. So I wrote a sketch, put a

Serial.println();

command in loop() (I missed my inner if loop, and it runs infinitely) so now i try to upload a new program but i can't because the program keeps printing println on the serial port. Is there a way I can wipe out the program? Preferably a hardware way cause software doesn't seem to work...

P.S. I tried anything obvious (reset, unplug and replug) etc

Thanks!
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