3-day Hardware Workshop: From Sketch to PCB w/ KiCAD

Take your project from breadboard to printed circuit board! This 3-day hardware workshop will be led by WyoLum Co-Founder and master designer Anool Mahidharia utilizing KiCAD (http://www.kicad-pcb.org/display/KICAD/KiCad+EDA+Software+Suite).

The workshop runs September 13-15, 2013, Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Charge: $300 includes Snacks on Friday, coffee, lunch on Sat/Sun. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Nova Labs.

The goal of the weekend is for each student to complete a design, ready for submittal to a fabricator like OSHPark.

Project ideas:

  • Custom Arduino compatible board
  • An Arduino shield
  • Motor controller
  • Clock (our favorite)
  • Custom NeoPixel board

We recommend participants read the below blog (Part 1 published, Part 2 coming soon) prior to attending the workshop.

How To Design the Perfect PCB – Part 1http://www.michaelhleonard.com/how-to-design-the-perfect-pcb-part1/

Mainly because while we will be covering KiCad specifically at the workshop, it will help if people know the basics  (especially those who have never designed a board).

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  • Justin L.

    Please take pics of your boards when you get them and upload them here. Also provide a brief description of what the board does. We'll feature these in a Nova Labs blog post !

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • John D.

    Excellent! I got my very first PCB laid out and submitted for fabrication in one weekend starting from scratch and with no previous PCB design experience.

    1 · September 16, 2013


    Looking forward to meeting you all tonight at 6:00 at Nova Labs!

    Don't forget to bring your hand-drawn schematic.

    See you there.

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined meetup. And will miss this class. I hope there will be another. This looks like the place I always needed.

    1 · September 13, 2013


    Your homework for the first day is to finalize your hand-drawn schematic. Bring your hand-drawn schematic with you on Friday. If you don't have a project in mind we have a few ideas kicking around, but it would be much better if you bring your own design.

    We are really looking forward to the class.


    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    yes please verify the times, above says 7pm and below 6pm Friday. Also the weekends are 8 hrs a day?

    September 9, 2013

    • JUSTIN S.

      We will meet from 6:00 - whenever on FRiday night. The main purpose is to meet and make sure you have a computer set up for the rest of the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will be 8 hours starting at 9:00.

      September 9, 2013


    Thanks Tom! Looking forward to meeting you at the workshop!

    July 14, 2013

    • Anool

      You need to get a Laptop (Linux/Win), and yourself :)
      If you already have KiCad installed (or manage to do it) Great. If not, we'll be installing it on Day 1.

      July 16, 2013

    • Anool

      And yes, a Project idea that you would like to work on. A hand drawn schematic ought to do.

      July 16, 2013

  • David S.

    what are the planned start/end times for Saturday and Sunday?

    July 15, 2013

    • Brian J.

      Friday Sept 13 (6:00 - 9:00 PM)
      all day Saturday and Sunday Sept 14 and 15 (9:00 - 5:00)

      July 15, 2013


    Hey Rob! Welcome. You are the first to sign up. We are really excited for this workshop.

    July 14, 2013

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