Screw it, lets go live! Dev site launch

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Dirt cheap SLA 3d prints, custom color PCBs, and not-ripping-you-off pogo test pins are now available at dev.dangerousprototypes.com! We built a bunch of new, no nonsense, instant pricing services modeled after the simplicity of DirtyPCBs.com, please help us test them!

  • Dirty SLA 3D prints – $0.95 per gram for beautiful white SLA 3D prints. Upload your .STL file for an instant quote. Production time is generally 48 hours, but please allow 3-4days for the first few order. For reference our 5cm x 5cm Bus Pirate v5 case prototype is about $20.
  • Dirty PCBs – FR4, flex, and aluminum PCBs! 2,4,6,8, and 12 layers! Custom silk and solder mask colors (+$50)! We’ve located the dirtiest suppliers of +/-10 piece protopacks of every combination available. A massive update to the Dirty PCBs offerings, though some common stuff is more expensive to avoid a rush of orders in the new system.
  • Pogo test pins – Yeah, other people might charge you more for 10 than we do for a bag of 100! These are P100 series 1mm diameter pogo test pins from SEG market second floor. Don’t forget sockets, available in solderable, wire wrap, and crimp!

Dirty PCBs was born at the first Hacker Camp Shenzhen, new dirty services were a common joke over the next four camps: sourcing, cables, SLA, assembly, Tang, etc. Unintentional Tsing Dao fueled market research meetings led even the thick among us to realize that hackers want cheap services and products from China.

Dev.dangerousprototypes.com is a concept site modeled after DirtyPCBs.com. The vision is simple: no bull interface to services in China. You should never have to email files for a quote, or click through multiple screens to get a price. Pricing should be transparent and fixed, and never inflated on niche hacker products. We sell a full catalog of pogo pins starting at $6.95 per 100, other places have a single model at $12 per bag of 10!

Most of the services are probably be too niche, too annoying, or too unprofitable to run long term. We already canned dirty sourcing after a month. We don’t care! That’s not the point. These are hacks to make our own project development faster and easier. Over time we’ll share more and more of them on the new site.

DHL direct shipping is an exciting feature of the dev site. Direct DHL shipments leave Shenzhen to US and EU on an 8pm daily flight. Delivery is generally 24-48 hours. Compare that to DHL provided by a logistics company (3-9 days) and you’re hacking way faster than ever before! Prices are often the same (or lower) for some destinations!

PROTOTYPING IN PROGRESS: the dev site is a prototype, far from complete, and not fully tested. Dozens of launch dates have come and gone since we started the dev site a year ago. Huge parts of the site are blocked off, and many advanced features only kind-of-work, but we need to get the site out there and see if it’s useful to anyone. Writing a full shop, blog, forum, and wiki from scratch is by far the single most expensive and stupid project Dangerous Prototypes has ever taken on. Everyone (Ash!) who said it was the worst idea ever were absolutely right! It was!

We’ll sell you cheap stuff, but please don’t send anything critical or time sensitive. It’ll be at least a few weeks before the new site is operating smoothly, expect delays in everything, especially tracking numbers.

Welcome to our dirty world!

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