The transcript has been posted from the Hack Chat last Friday with Andrew Sowa about Circuit Board artwork:
PCB Art is likely as old as the manufacturing process itself. It has evolved over time from engineers hiding easter eggs in wasted space to whole companies devoted to the intricate authentic design. Andrew has created his own style by using each layer of the PCB to make multi-color images from computer generated designs. In this chat he will talk about his process of turning photos into PCBs as well as tricks to getting high resolution results with KiCad.
In this chat, we’ll be talking about PCB artwork:
- Bitmap to SVG Converstion (Inkscape and Illustrator)
- Kicad Footprint creation
- PCB Fabrication Limits
Alex Glow of Hackster.io takes a look at the OSHWi octopus badge designed by Gustavo Reynaga:
The design files and source code are available on GitHub:
GReynaga has shared the board on OSH Park:
Oshwi Badge HACKSTER Version Rev 1
JinGen Lim created this beautiful project:
I had little experience with fabric, but building a lapel out of PCB seemed like something that might just work. PCBs are typically built with extremely high tolerances for its copper and mask layers and still acceptably accurate for the silkscreen.
Brian Benchoff wrote on Hackaday about the amazing PCB artwork that he’s seen so far in 2017:
PCB art is getting better and better every year. This year, though, is knocking it out of the park. In March, Andrew Sowa turned me into money.
More recently, Trammell Hudson has explored the layers of OSH Park soldermask and silk to create a masterpiece.
Now, we’re moving up to full-blown art. Blake Ramsdell worked with OSH Park to create a full panel of art in gold, fiberglass, soldermask, and silkscreen. It’s 22×16 inches, and it’s fantastic.
David I. Herman just created a Facebook group for PCB paintings.