Arduino and similar products are great for prototyping and tinkering projects, but they don’t meet all needs. If you’ve ever wanted more control over the boards you use in your projects, there is a great new resource that can help you make your own boards.
Make Zine has just released a new guide to creating a board from scratch, using the free EAGLE software program to design the circuit board that can be custom printed for you. The Make Zine guide uses the Really Bare Bones Board (RBBB) as a basic design. RBBB is a simple board that has been used in tons of awesome projects (like this fireworks ignition system and this super-smart puzzle solving robot).
Anyone (hardware newbs and pros) interested in learning more about how circuit boards are designed will enjoy taking a look at this guide. Comprehensive step-by-step instructions can be found at the Make Zine website.
A vector-graphics program is used here to add an image that will be screen-printed onto the final version of the Really Bare Bones Board. Photo from MakeZine.
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