Angela Sheehan has made a beautiful LED badge based on Syd Weiler’s Trash Dove sticker:
Trash Dove Badge
An LED badge I created as a Valentine gift for my partner. The artwork is a rendering of a sticker we often send each other in conversation on messenger.
I had fun using this project as a way to gain more practice in AutoDesk EAGLE.
The first thing I did was draw a simplified rendering of the artwork in Illustrator with a condensed palette. The original artwork uses a few different shades of color.
Luckily, OSHPark’s signature purple solder mask, ENIG, and white silk were already pretty good matches for the original sticker palette, so I just needed to make a few adjustments.
I decided on three tones of purple created by:
- Mask over FR4 for the back bird (darkest purple)
- Mask over copper for the front bird’s wing and head (lightest purple)
- Mask over copper stripes for the front bird’s body (mid purple)
I used silk to define some details and for the back bird’s head, and exposed copper for the orange yellow parts of the original artwork.
The heart I left open to backlight with a red LED.
Liz from Blitz City DIY wrote about the process of designing a PCB ornament:
As the holidays approached this year, I felt a need to create a DIY gift for my family and friends. I struggled at first to find a medium. Should I 3D print something? Should I knit? But then it hit me: everyone loves blinky LEDs and I want to keep getting better at PCB design. I’ll do a PCB ornament!
If you don’t have a traditional electronics background PCB design can seem scary, overwhelming and something that’s meant for more experienced people that have “real skills”. If you start simple and slowly add-in new methods and design features to your boards you’ll soon realize it isn’t so scary and that much like everything else in life it just takes practice and patience to learn. And once you have your first project on a custom PCB instead of a piece of perf board you’ll be hooked.
Badge·Life (noun): the art of spending too much time, energy, money, and creativity to design and produce amazing custom electronics and get them into the hands of those who appreciate incredible craftsmanship.
via Unofficial Badges Get Official Recognition at DEF CON: Badge Life Contest — Hackaday
KiCad presentation by Andrew Sowa at Teardown 2018:
While most PCBs can be simple rectangles, sometimes the design requires more complex geometry. EDA tools don’t always make this simple, so we will go over a few KiCad tips to make it easier. In this talk you will learn how to import unique board shapes from Fusion 360, create arbitrary fill zones using images, and embed high-frequency RF filters. We will use multiple software packages to enhance KiCad’s performance beyond its obvious use.
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.