Goodies for the Open Hardware Summit

The Open Hardware Summit is next week, March 13th!

Here’s a sneak peak at one of the items that everyone will receive in their conference goodie bags:

Getting to Blinky

Thanks so much to Kevin Walseth at Digi-Key for making it happen! ⚡️

And thanks to our Dan (@tekdemo) for the beautiful “After Dark” PCB art  🦋

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Thanks to Chris Gammellfor the “Getting to Blinky” videos! 🎥  It is a great way to learn KiCad:
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Thanks to Kyle at Digi-Key for showing what that board looks like in action!
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I made the curved traces with the “Rounder for Tracks” KiCad plugin from the RF-tools repo:
Here is the GitHub repo with the KiCad design files: pdp7/gtb
If you can’t make it to the Open Hardware Summit, then the design is also available an OSH Park shared project:
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Note: after adding the board to the cart, please click on the “After Dark (Black Substrate + Clear Mask)” option

 

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Goodies for the Open Hardware Summit

Intro to KiCad with Shawn Hymel

Digi-Key presents An Intro to KiCad – Part 1: How PCBs Are Made with Shawn Hymel:

Digi-Key Electronics presents: An introduction to KiCad with engineering superhero Shawn Hymel. In the first part of this series Shawn discusses how PCBs are made and the benefits of utilizing KiCad as a design tool. KiCad is a free and open source platform which makes it great for learning how to make your own PCBs while still being powerful enough to do more complicated design work.

Resources:

Intro to KiCad with Shawn Hymel

E-Paper Breakout Board for Teensy

Breakout board designed in KiCad to connect Pervasive Displays 2.15″ E-Paper (E2215CS062) to Teensy 3.2 or Teensy LC. Based Teensy E-Paper Shield by Jarek Lupinski in EAGLE.

My goal is to create a name badge I can wear at conferences and Maker Faires. This was first step to verify the KiCad schematic and KiCad footprints work. I will post more information as the badge project progresses.

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KiCad PCB design files:

The board is shared on OSH Park:

E-Paper Breakout Board for Teensy

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Order from OSH Park

Bill of Materials (BoM)

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Source Code

  • uses EPD215 Arduino Library by Jarek Lupinski for his E-paper Teensy Shield
  • requires pinout modification:

Photos

Video

Related: Jarek’s ePaper Teensy shield

E-Paper Breakout Board for Teensy