30-minute Consultation: Free of charge, for the purpose of determining how I can help you with your project.
2-hr Consultation (new clients): $200 We discuss your technical problem in greater detail (pre-NDA) and I suggest possible top-level solutions.
Ongoing Rate: $150/hr Design, analysis, and management of optical and mechanical fabrication (technical reports, toleranced ISO drawings, hardware)
Payment Methods: I accept all forms of payment and my invoicing service offers 6-mo interest-free financing. In general, work begins once payment has been received for each invoice. However, I can accommodate other terms for large U.S. customers paying by ACH.
Non-disclosure: The minimum invoice for which I consider signing an NDA is 20 hours. I take great care to protect your ideas and the designs I create for you. I do not disclose your proprietary info to 3rd parties without your permission, nor do I re-use or share proprietary designs. All of my computers and devices are password-protected. I use encrypted hard drive backups, which are rotated to a safe deposit box, as well as end-to-end encrypted, private key cloud backups. My correspondence is over SSL, using a secure LAN, and I use a P3-level shredder to dispose of any sensitive documents.
Performance: All work is performed as an R&D best-effort