Learn PCB design

An informal workshop on learning to design your own PCB (printed circuit boards) for your electronics projects. No longer will you have to deal with unreliable solderless breadboards or spend hours soldering millions of connecting wires on perfboards. Draw up a circuit, send it to an inexpensive manufacturer, and then solder down your components, and have a working device!

I'll be going through the basics of:

* Schematic Capture -- drawing the circuit

* Board Layout -- placing the components on the board, routing the connections (will compare manual routing, eagle autorouting, and freerouting's autorouting)

* Creating custom parts -- often the part you want on your board isn't already in eagle's library, you'll need to create a custom part

* Submitting designs for fabrication -- I recommend laen's PCB service

I'm not sure how much we'll get through, if we don't get through all the topics, we can continue it at a later meetup.

 

Cost: FREE

What to bring: A laptop, with CADSOFT's Eagle installed ( download link). Supports Windows, Macs, and Linux. Free version is limited to boards that are 4"x3", but that is enough for 99% of hobbyist designs (larger PCBs start getting expensive to produce anyway).

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