proposal: PCBEX, propeller circuit board exchange
From time to time, forum members design PCBs for the propeller which they like to share with or sell to other forum members. For the more sophisticated designs which require fine pitch SMD soldering it makes sense to pre-assemble them and sell the boards "ready-to-fly". But there are many tiny PCBs like accessory or adapter boards which only carry some connectors or very few passive parts. So all the work required to order larger quantities, assemble them, keep them in stock, handle payment and shipping etc. can't be justified. It would be much easier if we could just put the design into the public domain so that everybody who wants them can just order some by themselves. But reviewing gerber files and selecting the right options at the board house shop is also not everyones favorite task.
So here is my suggestion: Some board houses offer "open source" PCBs. The designer who first orders some of his PCBs can mark them as "shareable" or "public". So everybody else can also order some of them without having to care about the files or manufacturing options.
For example, dirtypcb.com offers this service. As soon as you have uploaded the gerber files and puit it in your shopping cart you can click on "share/sell" to make the design public. Does anybody else know other board houses that offer this service? It should offer worldwide shipping for a reasonable price and credit card or Paypal payment options.
Of course, it makes sense to also upload the files to the forum, here. So in the case the board shop shuts down we have a backup.