Star Simpson reimagines Forrest M. Mims classics

Star Simpson is designing PCBs with OSH Park for Forrest M. Mims III classic circuits!  A crowd-funding campaign for Circuit Classics will be coming to Crowd Supply soon:

Circuit Classics

Each circuit depicts an original, traced and hand-drawn schematic created by Forrest Mims for his iconic books “Getting Started in Electronics”, and the “Engineers’ Notebook” series. Every board includes a description of how it works, in Mims’ handwriting, on the reverse side.

Alongside the schematic is the circuit itself. Paired with the components you need to build up timeless examples such as the Dual-LED Flasher, the Stepped Tone Generator, and the Bargraph Voltage Indicator, each board is carefully designed for easy assembly recreating the wonder of learning how electronics work— whether it’s your first soldering project or your fifty-thousandth.

The Dual LED Flasher

Photo by Star Simpson (@starsandrobots)
Photo by Star Simpson (@starsandrobots)

The Atari Punk Console

Photo by Star Simpson (@starsandrobots)

The Bar Graph Voltage Indicator

Photo by Star Simpson (@starsandrobot)


Star Simpson tweeted:

People are asking me what font that is. It’s no font: that’s Mims’ handwriting. Exactly as in his books.

Forrest M. Mims III replied:

That’s right, Star. Circuits from the original “Engineer’s Notebook” were printed and illustrated using India ink on Mylar.

We leave you with this sage advice:

Always have a board in fab.

-Star Simpson


Star Simpson reimagines Forrest M. Mims classics

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