I'm in the process of designing a pcb board and wanted to make around 10 of them. Without having to do self assembly, does anybody have recommendations on how to do self assembly in house that's cost effective? I was thinking about soldering one board by hand and then pushing it into a clay bar or something to make the indents. Afterwards, I would put the pieces onto the clay and just drop the PCB board onto the clay and have the components stick to the PCB board (after I put solderpaste on the leads).
The other option is to have a plant do it, but for 10-20 boards, that's not really a good option. What do you guys think? Thanks!