Manually soldered SMD parts (down to 0603 I believe)... and also reflowed many custom project from scratch.
As noted above.. the only thing I have -not- done is designed in a way or used a manufacturer where you have multiple pcbs in the end that can be separated by snapping them apart.
This would obviously be my last desired path though, as ordering the parts.. waiting for both PCBS and micro USB ports.. then 'making them' ..
Would be much easier to just find the OG part.,., or a variant with the same width. (but doesnt look like its possible currently)
That is called panellization. I've not done it but the manufacturer I use offers this (allpcb.com). I guess many others do also. You simply specify how many rows and columns and they sort out the scoring.
Yes..."panellization" (I couldnt think of the word)
I'll have to check out that link (thanks!) My other places (although its been a while since I sent out for custom boards) never offered that, you had to design it.. and use some sort of v-carve (tool/line) to note it.. which I never done before.