PDP-8/A Front Panels

Steven_R_Hutchins at Raytheon.com Steven_R_Hutchins at Raytheon.com
Mon Oct 24 06:29:10 CDT 2005





http://www.protoexpress.com/

I have used them for years. excellent product, great price, fast turn,
small quantity OK




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From: "steve" <gkicomputers at yahoo.com>
> --- Vince Slyngstad <v.slyngstad at verizon.net> wrote:
> > Charles Morris and I have been working to create an
> > equivalent for the KC8A
>
> Nice, generally though the demand for something is
> much greater if you actually have it ready to ship (in
> case your preorder responses are low, don't get
> discouraged).

Thanks!

> Looks like your front panel and parts cost are
> constant with quantity, but your pc board drops
> greatly with quantity.  If I were you I would just
> order 20 or so pc boards and let the buyers order the
> parts and panel separately (as needed, some buyers may
> not want the panel, others may already have most of
> the parts).

The problem with that is that it forces us to front hundreds
of dollars, with no indication that we'll ever get it back.

I already have boards sitting around from several projects,
representing hundreds of dollars of investment on my part,
that may never "sell" (even at cost).

It is a lot better for us to have some idea of the demand,
so we can mitigate how much "over-investment" we want to do.

Though you are right, that if we found someone who would pick
up the overhead cost of a board order ($200 each time), we
would be way ahead.  (Anyone know of a shop that can do a
double-sided 16" board with solder mask and without a steep
setup charge?)

The other major ticket item for this project is the front
plate.  Anyone know where we can get those done inexpensively?

    Vince






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