Build your Own PCB Exposure Box with Fluorescent Lamps and Countdown System

Introduction Tired of spending hours and hours in wire soldering? Do your circuits look ugly and you are looking for a way to produce professional-like PCBs? Then you had better try photoetching. And the first step to do that is to have the right equipment that is an Automated Exposure Box. Moreover if you like tinkering with microcontrollers, here is the challenge and it's high time you launched the design ...

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PCB layouts using CAD

Now the PCB kit I used described how I could draw my circuit layouts directly unto the copper clad board using an special pen with etch-resistant ink, however lacking the dexterity of an artist I chose to get myself some CAD software for generating PCB layouts. After a bit of research I decided to go with EAGLE from CadSoft which has free lite edition, mostly because it seemed popular. I have to say that as ...

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Maker’s Rule-The Feature Packed PCB Multi-Tool

It has been a while since i posted my Tinker Rule which i made during college days. I received a few requests for the ready to etch pdf which helped me gauge if this seemed to be useful to people. The response was somewhat positive and so, i decided to put in some extra effort and make it handy, portable and manufacturable ! My initial scale was big and not handy, So, this one should be small and compact an ...

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Rev 4.2.2 schematic and PCB

A long while back I posted a version of the schematic for the electronics for my project to build a GPS-steered parachute for rocket recovery. Since then I’ve tweaked the board a bit, to the point where the hardware design is clean and bug-free (as far as I know). So here is the current version of the board schematic and layout, including the original Eagle PCB files as well as a PDF version of the schemati ...

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Programmable watch with four character display using PIC16F628A microcontroller

Programmable watch with four character display You'll be the talk of the town when you wear this obnoxious, oversized, completely impractical wristwatch. Display your favourite foul language, song lyrics, prime numbers, etc. Inspired by the Microreader kit, I decided to make a giant watch using similar sixteen segment displays. Twelve hours later, I came out of my masochistic fugue and stopped trying to rou ...

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Save space on your PCB with TRACOPOWER!

TMLM family of 4-20W AC/DC power supply is the right solution on most important requirements – constraint space, high efficiency and cost saving. 5   Every square inch of your PCB costs money. It is a fact, and if you can reduce your PCB´s area, you actually save money. Moreover if you use a high efficiency power supply you save energy. The TMLM Series switching power supplies, offer highest power dens ...

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Logic PCB Business Card

About I've seen PCB business cards for a few years now on Hackaday, and I figured it was time to design one of my own. Most PCB business cards involve a microcontroller. I wanted to do something a bit different, so my card performs its intended function strictly with digital logic gate and D-type flip-flop (DFF) ICs. Design The card implements a digital finite-state machine which displays the next character ...

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3D Print the Ultimate Helping Hands for a PCB Workstation

I am the Senior Analyst of the Electronic Forensics Unit of the Carabinieri (Italian Military Police) and I deal with technical investigations on seized electronic devices. I spend most of my day in a well-equipped electronic laboratory, but I was lacking a tool for performing technical assessments on printed circuit boards (PCBs). I needed a way to secure small boards on my workbench and place multiple pro ...

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Making a PCB Business Card

Many of you may have seen the Adafruit PCB ruler (also used by the awesome Voltera). The design was actually adapted from my own design back in University! To improve on the original idea, I have created a reference business card.   Here is a computer render of the design: PS. The dots on the front are the phone number in braille, the dots and dashes are Morse for the website, cause who doesn’t surf th ...

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Do you need to extract a hard-to-reach component from a PCB?

Even a simple, well-designed tool can help significantly – we´ll introduce to you some of them … Sometimes, only a little bit is necessary to make our work more happy – a good ergonomic chair, workbench in a suitable height, good lighting … and last but not least also a good screwdriver, magnifying lens, tweezers, or „something“ what can help at extraction of a component from a PCB or at cleaning of a suspi ...

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