Electronic Design Services

Electronics Design Service

My company Sobuildit Limited offers Electronics Design Services to other businesses and individuals. I will make a free quotation after discussing your technical needs, even if an NDA is needed – that is no problem!

Prototypes will be lovingly hand-built and tested before shipping to guarantee a good and fast result.

Design Capabilities

  •  System modelling
  •  Analog and Digital Electronics
  •  Micro-controller hardware/firmware
  •  PCB design including mechanical, thermal and EMC/EMI design
  •  Custom power supply design
  •  FPGA hardware and RTL design
  •  Physical prototyping (traditional leaded and doubled-sided SMD)
  •  Production test jig design and automation
  •  Application software development
  •  Pre-certification testing and management.
By the hour or longer projects accepted, at very competitive rates. Call now to get started on turning your idea into reality. No job is too small. Personal service guaranteed, with an experienced engineer on call when you need it most.
call: (+44) 7597 936824 (Southampton, Hampshire)

I started a company

So, the big “R”. Redundancy. It will happen to every engineer eventually, no matter how good you are, how pleased your boss is with your performance, or much cash you saved them with your last design change. Sometimes, you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and you’re just one row in a spreadsheet analyzing the cost savings of a particular scenario in the mind of some faceless manager somewhere else in the world.

Sometimes you’re only a single cell.

So rather than just spending my time playing the soul destroying game that is job hunting in the UK – writing CVs targeted to fake jobs pushed by recruiters only interested in getting your CV on file – I did the only obvious thing and created my own company.

I truly believe that the only way to be secure and free from external influences is to work for yourself, or at least in a tight group.

Since my career so far has been quite varied. I started with embedded software for a few years, working with prototype digital TVs in the early 2000s which was fun while it lasted. I dodged the big “R” the first time, and moved on to the next stage; Semiconductor manufacturing. A tonne of training and a quick change of company later, and I’m in the IC test development game. A few years of hardware and software design later, and another jump – to digital IC design. With a tonne of experience gained in embedded software, digital circuit design, microcontrollers, FPGAs, PCBs and all that good stuff, I feel very much able to handle working on projects by myself. So when I got the final push out into the real world, it was just a matter of learning about building a company and a brand.

This was not so easy. But I completed it, and “So build it” was born.

logo-colour

The company currently has two halves; the first is retail of Electronics, parts, modules and tools. I currently have a small range of low cost electronics products, a couple of lines of Arduino development boards, the Genuino Mega and Genuino Uno, with several more brands either in negotiation or already ordered:)

The second part is design services. I offer electronics design covering all aspects of product design:

  • Idea and specification / requirements capture
  • Spice modeling
  • Schematic concept and prototype design
  • PCB layout for prototyping and production
  • Component specification and selection
  • Hand assembly and rework of prototypes
  • Firmware programming
  • Evaluation rig design and test programming
  • Technical writing, and report writing

If you would like to work with me, you can contact me on my company email: devel@sobuildit.com

 

 

 

SOMakeIt: Southampton Makerspace New Location!

We’ve moved!  We grew, our old unit K6 on Liner’s Industrial Estate got too pokey:

unit_k6_in_the_dark

So we looked around.  We took over unit F!  This latest unit on the same estate became vacant at the beginning of 2015, so we were kindly allowed in early by our awesome landlord to clean and repaint.

Unit_F_Viewing

It was a LOT of hard work, especially since we have a 2.4m high ceiling, so we needed to borrow a gantry just to repair and paint the ceiling and reach the top of the walls.

gantry

So there we have it, we now have 1200 sqft, split into 1/3 and 2/3 chunks, the smaller is a workshop kitted out with custom designed benches and power tools, with an insulated wooden partition wall (kindly sponsored by Embecosm) and door to keep all the noise and dust in:)

Unit_F_Wall_Construction

There’s still lots to do, specifically adding more power outlets (you simply can’t have too many sockets) network infrastructure and better lighting in the workshop but progress has been pretty good so far. (here’s a dodgy webcam shot from one of our Tuesday night openings…)

SMI_10Mar15

SOMakeIt is growing so fast in membership and activities that I expect we’ll be looking for our own warehouse in the not-so-distant future!  Here’s hoping.

Loads of pictures of can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/somakeitpics/pool/

Our website is http://www.somakeit.org.uk

Our youtube channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLKCovZIuD5iL-TdbuFiOBw