I'm a software guy who wants to get into the hardware side of things so I can enjoy the same creativity from software design in the physical world.
I've found plenty of posts here regarding how to get "up and running" in the electronics world, but I would like to know if there are any gotchas when embarking on this journey if your goal is to potentially have a device manufactured in the future. (probably robotics-centric solutions, boards that would control servos, sensors, etc).
I would like to make sure that wherever I aim my focus, I won't be "learning myself into a corner", so to speak.
I have read good things about the flexibility and easy to learn nature of Arduino devices, but have trouble finding anything about getting them manufactured. Are there manufacturers that can produce an arduino-based solution? What kind of production volume is available for something using Arduino?
What realms/devices of programmable electronics are best for having manufactured?
Any tips or info regarding learning and designing with manufacturing in mind? Any general tips for a newbie?