|Sent on:||Friday, March 22, 2013 4:46 AM|
As I mentioned in the previous meetup, we are now officially announcing a "Make your own PCB" class given by our very own meetup member and PCB designer extraordinaire, Jonathan Hirschman. The class will be hosted at the Zahn Center, a new incubator focused on hardware startups (disclosure: I run the incubator).
In this class we'll be helping you design and build your very own Arduino clone, similar to the one shown. The class is designed for everyone, of all skill levels, with no knowledge of electronics required - just a desire to learn and make.
The class will be given in two Saturday sessions (April 6th and April 20th, from 10am - 6pm). In the first session, you'll learn about PCB design software, and then you'll create your own Arduino clone design, and send your design out for fabrication. Two weeks later, you'll be building and assembling your boards!
Even though this class is newbie friendly, we'll be doing a pretty deep dive. You'll learn how to read datasheets, how to design components in the layout software, power and ground planes, even how to make funky graphics. Want skulls and flames on your clone? No problem! We'll also talk about the different manufacturing shops out there, pricing, location and what are some of their pros and cons. In the second session you'll learn all about assembly and mounting, and how to correct when the tiny legs on your microntrollers don't quite line up.
The cost is $150, which includes everything - parts, tools, supplies, instruction and even the PCB fabrication fees. Depending upon which fabrication facility we use, you'll get everything you need to build 2-3 "classduinos".
You'll need to bring a notebook computer, and optionally, a mouse. We'll tell you what you need to install before the class (it's all downloadable for free). The software runs on Windows and OSX; it appears to be Wine compatible for you Linux users, but if you go that route, getting it to run is up to you.
There's a two week interval between classes, so that we have time to send your design for fabrication, and to get it shipped back.
Class size will be limited to 20, and you can sign up here.