PCB Drive By

  • intro to circuit boards
  • schematic capture
  • board layout
  • fabricating a board using homebrew techniques you can use on the floor
  • how to send a board out to be professionally fabricated
  • quick introduction to using surface mount parts

Intro to Circuit Boards

  • differences between breadboard, veroboard, wirewrap and printed circuits
  • advantages/disadvantages of PCBs

Schematic Capture

  • Eagle is insane (but consistently so)
  • finding parts in libraries
  • connecting parts
  • create your own part

Board Layout

  • transferring from schematic to board
  • setting board size
  • placing components
  • drawing wires (circuit traces)
  • layers (top, bottom, soldermask, silkscreen)
  • layout tips
  • * good sizes for pads and holes
  • * manipulating grid
  • * ground plane (fills)

Fabricating Your Board

  • homebrew techniques
  • Gerber file format
  • using the SparkFun CAM script
  • * slight modifications by Nick
  • panelizing
  • Design Rule Check (DRC)
  • * using freedfm.com
  • * using Eagle
  • some online fabricators
  • * BatchPCB
  • ** http://www.batchpcb.com (SparkFun front end to Gold Phoenix, $10 + $2.50/in, no minimum)
  • * Gold Phoenix
  • ** http://www.goldphoenixpcb.biz/ ($120, 155sq in, multiple jobs on one panel)
  • * Custom PCB
  • ** http://www.custompcb.com/

Surface Mount Soldering

  • you can do it
  • watch Nick solder!