While the 2 week turn around issue still stands, prices for low volume manufacturing have dropped through the floor with companies like OSHPark. $5 per sq inch and you get 3 copies of a full spec 2 layer boards shipped to your door. I have also had boards back in as little as 6 business days, though that's not the norm.
I've done self etched boards, as well as have access to a board router, but the hassle of not having plated vias and holes has pushed me well past the pain threshold. There's certainly still a use for home grown boards and this looks like it takes plenty of pain out, but for personal projects I can wait.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.