A breadcrumb trail of project notes
ITP students are a rather eager bunch. Not content with just taking classes, the actually teach other classes/workshops called DriveBys as well. Normally they are on Thursday nights, but there is such an excess of keen that they happen on Monday nights now as well.
This Monday, November 12 at 9:15pm at ITP, Nick Sears and myself will teach a drive-by on how to make a printed circuit board for your electronics projects. Moving your circuit to a soldered board will make it much more reliable and rugged than if it stays on a breadboard. Anything you intend to transport or keep running without your continued Tender Loving Care should end up soldered. (Some would say wirewrap is also acceptable, but I’ve never gotten good at that.) Creating a schematic of your circuit will help you create the circuit in the first place and is useful for debugging and communicating your design (for example, to your future self).
We will cover how to create schematics in Eagle PCB, lay out a board and get it fabricated. We will also briefly discuss making your own boards using homebrew techniques, and give an introduction to surface-mount soldering.
Here are some relevant links:
There should be a video up sometime after the event (thanks Tikva!)