Two weeks ago I left Leupold and started at Screaming Circuits (http://www.screamingcircuits.com) It was tough to say goodbye to Leupold - a good brand, fun folks to work with, and some great challenging projects over the last three years. There were a number of reasons to move on, one of them being the advantage that Screaming Circuits is so much closer to home. Nearly two-and-a-half hours in the car each day had become quite tiring.
What Screaming Circuits does is assemble circuit boards for customers in rapid time - even as short as 24 hours. There are no minimum runs. Where it takes a full run production line months of preparation for manufacturing a large number of circuit boards, Screaming Circuits can handle the prototypes and short-run productions in just a matter of days. From simple boards with only a few components to full-on computer motherboards with expensive processors and surface mount components the size of grains of salt. Pretty amazing process with quite a number of proprietary processes that make it possible to turn projects in such a short time, and economically. And Screaming Circuits is a division of MEC which itself focuses on the full scale production runs.
I spent the first week on the factory floor, learning the production process and helping where I could. I'm glad I was able to do that, a great learning process, and I met some great folks. I was also able to see the vast variety of clients that these projects came from... Hobbyists, multinational organizations, governments, and everyone between.
This week I was fitting into my normal role, which is the design and development of the front-end tools that the customers use to manage their projects. Mostly I was tooling up and getting plugged into the development systems, but I did begin to crack in on the first project. And that is where I am at going into my third week at this new adventure.