Having boards made

What are good places to make boards. I'd like to send gerber files and get a populated board. Do I have a choice of sending parts or having them purchase parts?

Where on this big planet are you? This does make a difference.

San Francisco

What kind of quantities?

Bare PCB fabrication and assembly are usually done by different companies although there are "turnkey" manufacturer's who will contract-out the fabrication and purchase the components.

Turnkey manufacturers can also test the board but you have to work with them to create a test procedure, specs, and any specialized test fixtures/equipment.

In addition to the Gerbers, you'd have to supply a bill of materials and probably an assembly drawing. If they are buying the components you'll have to supply a list of approved manufacturer's part numbers.

If you supply the parts and they do the assembly/soldering it's called "consignment".

Small batch assembly is expensive the set-up costs might be more than $1000.

I use JLPCB at jlpcb.com for my boards and they have asked about assembly, I never had my boards assembled outside of my lab.

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Try Screaming Circuits in MN. You can send parts, or they can purchase to a Digikey parts list, with other components as needed.
They get boards from a US supplier in AZ I think, or maybe OR.

I am also used jlcpcb for my board. It is fast and reliable.

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