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Mike Mc

Does anyone know a manufacturer of Freeduino's? Where do the guys that sell the Freeduino's get theirs from? Is there a manufacturer that makes them?

RobotZealot

You can contact me at yerobot@googlemail.com

nkcelectronics

There are many freeduino boards, most of them comes in a DIY KIT format (Freeduino USB - yellow board with round corners... Freeduino MAX - green.  works with RS232 interface... Freeduino serial V2.0 - green too and works also with RS232 interface... Freeduino USB kit sold by Seeeduino (they are migrating to the round corner PCB)).

They are manufactured and sold by many companies.

Mike Mc

I am looking for a director manufacturer or supplier though. The kits you mention are very expensive.

westfw

I think that most of the distributors of the Boards labeled "Freeduino" ARE the manufacturers of the boards as well.  This is certainly true of NKC,  MDC, and SeeedStudio for example (although those are three different "sorts" of Freeduino.  "Freeduino" as name is not controlled at all, so anyone can call anything a freeduino.)

This is part of the motivation for "Freeduino" - by knocking out a level of distribution, you (theoretically, anyway) increase profit margins (or decrease costs) by a significant amount.  I would expect that most of the Freeduino distributors might be open to discussions about buying bare board if you're talking about buying lots at one time.  (some already sell bare boards.)  Or you can take the design files and send them out to a PCB shop and get boards made on your own.  (so far, it looks like contract manufacturing to get complete board rather than bare boards or kits, has not been cost effective.)

RobotZealot

Anyone interesting in Freeduino kind of products or various shield products, you can contact:

yerobot@googlemail.com

We can supply whole range of freeduino products.

Scott S.

Is it me or do RobotZealot's posts border on spam?
- Scott

glt

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Apr 23, 2009, 05:28 pm Last Edit: Apr 23, 2009, 05:29 pm by glt Reason: 1
Well it is a legitimate answer. Checked their website and seems like a direct manufacturer/retailer like many of the Arduino suppliers.

Scott S.

lol nkcelectronics is a distributor too, and he stopped short of making a direct sales pitch.



I think we could help Mike Mc more if he stated what his needs were:

1. are bare boards okay? (get the components elsewhere in bulk for lower cost.)

2. which type of board do you want?

3. if 2 is too specific; which features does your board need? (USB, male/female headers, shield compatibility, etc.)

Example: Modern Device Company sells their Bare Bones Board PCBs for as low as $2 a pop (100 qty).
If you wanted bulk preassembled/unassembled kits, he seems like the type of guy who would work something out in your favor. (<$10 a kit)

This is just an example, it would be a good viable option if the boards had built in USB for the price (BBB does not), but we don't know what you need in the first place. I chose his company because they're some of the cheapest boards you can get.
- Scott

retrolefty

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Is it me or do RobotZealot's posts border on spam?


It's you, he gave a specific answer to a specific question. The many vendors that support the Arduino community have an important role in it's success so far.

Lefty

Mike Mc

Scott.. I'm after standard Freeduino's with a USB connection. In other words a 100% Diecimila/Duemilanove clone.

Not a fan of soldering SMD parts so want them pre-assembled.

RobotZealot has actually conacted me via PM's and has been very helpful.

I don't care if the guys give me a sales pitch. I'm after assembled Freeduino's for as cheaply as possible so whoever can give me the best deal gets the job! ;)

Scott S.

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Apr 23, 2009, 07:09 pm Last Edit: Apr 23, 2009, 07:42 pm by minime72706 Reason: 1
Another question I suppose is how many boards you're looking for.

Our buddy nkc's freeduino usb kit is $19.20/unit when you buy 10, for example. I don't own one, but it would probably be my next arduino board purchase. It is a kit, but like most other USB boards, the FDTI chip is presoldered.

I apologize for what I said, I am merely skeptical of posters representing companies that have just signed up the day before and are throwing out their e-mail and sales pitches. (Seen it a couple times before)

Looking at his site, the price of his clone looks pretty good. I know you're already in contact with him, so you could see if you may get a quantity discount.
- Scott

westfw

If you're ordering enough units on a continuous basis (say, you're a school), you might also look into what it takes to become a "distributor" instead of an end-customer, of the official boards.

Mike Mc

It's still a case of finding a company to make and assemble the PCB's though.

seeedstudio

Ever consider Seeed Studio? We have just refreshed our stock along with NKC electronics, ;)
http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/freeduino-usb-complete-kitarduino-duemilanove-compatible-p-58.html
http://www.seeedstudio.com/blog/

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