I'm working at the new DIY Drones factory in San Diego today, and I thought I'd share some pictures so you can see where the magic happens! Jordi is the guy standing on the right above. Most conversations are in Spanish, but everyone speaks excellent English, too.
There are currently 8 full-time employees, including Jordi (I'm not an employee, just a co-founder). Here's what some of them do:
Loading ArduIMU firmware and testing the boards with a custom jig.
Here's that jig
The pick-and-place machine
The shipping station
Applying solder paste with a stencil and hand-placing some super-delicate components
Hand-finishing boards and GPS modules that have parts that the pick-and-place machine can't handle.
The original toaster oven we used for reflow! Now still used sometimes (it's outside, so we don't have to vent it). The new automated reflow oven, with a proper conveyor belt, is just waiting to be vented inside.
Lots of room for flying at the baseball field out back!