So, I got my first quote from Bay Area Circuits. $450 for 10 boards with v-grooving, $275 for a framed stencil. Any tips/tricks for getting the cost down? I looked around and saw Stencils Unlimited does them for $185.
Sizing up the panels is a double-edged sword. I want to be able to test the entire assembly process, but I also don't want a full-sized panel with $800 in components as a test run. Too small, and the testing stencil wouldn't be fast enough for a first production run and I'd be wasting that first stencil.