[Chugalug] So what is the state of making your own circuit boards?

Rod rod-lists at epbfi.com
Mon Mar 24 19:38:43 UTC 2014


This looks very promising for the hobbyists.
http://oshpark.com/

On Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:49:21 -0400, Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>  
wrote:

> You can always get inkject cartridges for making a silkscreen of your  
> circuit and etch it yourself.
>
> That's what I did to make my Megasquirt ECU.
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM, 32cstyle . <cstyle31 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> You know, I never thought about using a Dremel. I have one of those and  
>> the small bits that come with it.
>> Thanks for that idea.
>>
>> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM, Dan Lyke <danlyke at flutterby.com> wrote:
>>> On Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:55:52 -0400
>>> Rod <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:
>>>> I'll look into it and thanx.
>>>> I wonder what original maker used. From what I gathered he did a lot
>>>> on linux.
>>>
>>> Figure out how to generate Eagle files (and many open source hardware
>>> projects include 'em), if I remember right that's the lingua franca for
>>> everyone who doesn't do the "here's some free software that you can use
>>> to order from us" thing, and is what you'll wnat for >2 layer boards.
>>>
>>> Then just search for "Eagle file circuit board" and pick a vendor.
>>> There are tons.
>>>
>>> I've got an acquaintance who was doing his own with the "print on a
>>> laser printer, iron that on to a board as a resist layer", and... yeah.
>>> Setting up to do high quality fine trace circuit boards is a capital
>>> intensive process. The people I know who are making inroads into
>>> actually doing their own are using small CNC routers (Dremel and some
>>> steppers) and cutting away the copper that way...). But that's nothing
>>> compared to what a real vendor will give you.
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