Tag Archives: PCB

Maker’s rule, the feature packed PCB multi-tool

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Rohit Gupta @ rohitg.in has designed a new version of his maker’s rule that is compact and packs many features like a LED tester and continuity tester:

It has been a while since i posted my Tinker Rule which i made during college days. I received a few requests for the ready to etch pdf which helped me gauge if this seemed to be useful to people. The response was somewhat positive and so, i decided to put in some extra effort and make it handy, portable and manufacturable !

Maker’s rule, the feature packed PCB multi-tool – [Link]

Creating G-Code via EAGLE software

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Boris Landoni shows us how to create G-Code using Eagle PCB design software:

To create a PCB with 3Drag , by milling , it is necessary to have the G-Code files for the tracks patterning and for the holes relating to the printed circuit board itself. In this section we describe how to obtain these G-Code files using a specific plugin for the popular PCB design software ” EAGLE “.

Creating G-Code via EAGLE software – [Link]

Making circuit boards with DLP projector

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Nuri ERGİNER managed to create his own PCBs using a DLP projector and photo-resist dry film.

Every Maker like me dream a PCB printer which can quickly and precisely convert our electronic idea into a psychical circuit board. I know there are plenty of project going on the subject. (see the end of the article) What I tried here is something different, quick and precise. If you have lots of electronic idea in your mind and most of them have a high probability of fail, the system must be quick and easy.

Making circuit boards with DLP projector – [Link]

UCload new PCB build

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Sjaak has published a new PCB build, uC controlled dummy load:

With no snow outside I finally got around to solder the 3rd PCB. It is the second revision of a microcontroller dummy load. It is loosely based on the arachnidlabs uc:load. It uses the same base ciruit and adds a microcontroller (PIC16F1825), rotary encode switch, external powersupply and offcourse a 128×32 OLED.

UCload new PCB build – [Link]

Converting from Eagle to KiCad

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lachlanA @ github.com has published a Eagle SCH/LIB to KiCad SCH/LIB ULP conversion script:

The following 5 ulp (eagle user script file) and one ulp include file, work together or stand alone to convert Eagle sch/pcb version 6.xx(7.xx maybe?) file(s) and any version of Eagle lib(lbr) to KiCad sch/pcb and lib/mod files.

Converting from Eagle to KiCad – [Link]

Prometheus: Circuit Boards in Minutes

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Prometheus is Not a 3D printer – it quickly carves, drills, and shapes your PCB so you don’t have to wait for a delivery truck.

Prometheus makes real circuit boards in just minutes. When we’re prototyping, we need a tool that can give us nearly instant feedback – not feedback that comes in a few week’s time in the form of a PCB delivery. Let the PCB manufacturers make the hundreds or thousands of boards for your production run – not your prototypes. If production is your goal, Prometheus will help get you there faster.

Prometheus: Circuit Boards in Minutes – [Link]

Making PCB Vias using conductive ink

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Here’s an alternative method for making PCB vias using conductive ink from Diyouware:

We developed an alternative method for making PCB vias through-hole using our robot.
As you probably know the traditional DIY method consists in threading a wire through the holes and then soldering it and then cutting it off. For example, if we have 100 vias in our PCB, we have to insert the thin wire on each hole, cut it and solder it 200 times. This is time-consuming, but also tedious, absurd, prone to failures and produces a melancholic state of mind.:-)
So we decide to innovate in this area developing a new method which consists in drilling blind vias instead of holes and filling them with conductive ink.

Making PCB Vias using conductive ink – [Link]

Search Github projects by component – find design references

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dangerousprototypes.com has launched a new search feature that is able to search GitHub for specific parts and enables you to easily find reference designs for your next projects. This new search feature can also display Schematics and PCB previews without having to open a CAD software on your local machine, but some limitations exists. They write:

TomKeddie first mentioned this idea at Hacker Camp Shenzhen, and later in the forum and on WeChat. Tom generously shared his scraping/search method. Eagle 6+ files are XML, so we can find them on Github by searching for the “eagle SYSTEM” tag in files with “extension:sch”. That gives more than the maximum 100 pages of results, so we filter by file size and increment size 500 bytes at a time “size:1001…1500″. We use the normal user search interface, parse the HTML results, and grab all urls ending with .sch. While Github has an API, that API doesn’t give access to search code search without specifying a repository by name (probably so people don’t do what we did…).

Search Github projects by component – find design references – [Link]

Kicad StepUp – export kicad 3D board

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kicad StepUp allows exporting kicad 3D board and comps in STEP AP214 .By easyw @ sourceforge.net:

kicad StepUp: a new approach to export kicad board and modules in STEP AP214 (with colors). With kicad StepUp, it is possible to work in kicad EDA with the same component model data available in the STEP AP214 3D format, and obtain a 3D STEP AP214 model of the pcb board and a complete board assembles with electronic modules, to be used for MCAD interchange. The accurate 3D visualization of components on board assembles in kicad 3dviewer, is maintained in the same accuracy and aspect in STEP AP214 format. The kicad StepUp script maintains the usual way to work with kicad, but improves the process to work in a collaborative way with mechanical designers bringing near ECAD and MCAD environments.

Kicad StepUp – export kicad 3D board – [Link]