Building a PCB lapel

JinGen Lim created this beautiful project:

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Building a PCB lapel

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.

 

Building a PCB lapel

PCB Artwork in 2017

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wrote on Hackaday about the amazing PCB artwork that he’s seen so far in 2017:

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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.

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More recently, Trammell Hudson has explored the layers of OSH Park soldermask and silk to create a masterpiece.

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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.

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David I. Herman just created a Facebook group for PCB paintings.

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PCB Artwork in 2017

Robotic Arts: Noodle is Gettin’ Bean Feet

Sarah Petkus posts an update on her Robotic Arts blog about her NoodleFeet robot:

Noodle is Gettin’ Bean Feet!

This summer, I am once again diving into designing mechanical personality quirks. I’ll be investigating new and exciting ways for my robot, NoodleFeet to interact with the world. This time, my focus is the wet, tingly and preferential aspect of TASTE.

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From now until the end of August, my goal is to produce four different tasting modules that each demonstrate some aspect of sampling or preference. You could think of them as the “four tasters of the apocalypse”

If you’re unfamiliar with Sarah and NoodleFeet, then check out here great talk from Hackaday Super Con:

Robotic Arts: Noodle is Gettin’ Bean Feet

Hand-drawn PCB Artwork

Blake Ramsdell has posted a new batch of hand-drawn PCB artwork on Hackaday.io:

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PCB Painting Large Pieces

David I. Herman made some impressive new PCB painting pieces, demonstrating subtleties in shading and Art Nouveau inspiration, precision produced by OSH Park

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We are trying to figure out what direction to take this blend of technology and art — should we offer pieces for sale, or offer a service for making your own pieces from your own artwork, for instance. We’re certainly going to continue to explore it from a technology and art creative point of view. If you feel inclined, please take a moment to leave a comment, we are interested in your feedback!

 

Hand-drawn PCB Artwork

Trixel Interactive LED Kit

Arkadi designed this interactive LED kit:

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Trixel LED

Create your own interactive Light elements by soldering basic shapes, such as triangle, square, pentagon and hexagon to create an interactive LED sculpture.

Here’s a video of the Trixel LED boards in action:

The design files are available on GitHub:

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Arkadi_Raf has shared the boards on OSH Park:

Pentagon LED

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Square LED

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Triangle LED

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Trixel Interactive LED Kit

Creating the Benchoff Nickel

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Andrew Sowa writes about the PCB he designed in KiCad to surprise Brian Benchoff last weekend at the Hackaday Unconference in Chicago:

Creating the Benchoff Nickel

I thought of making the Benchoff nickel after I saw Brian’s Hackaday,io profile. He has a hi-res image of the center a Benchoff Buck which is well suited to being converted to a PCB. There is only a few colors and they have sharp edges. Bitmap2Component in Kicad, can easily detect these transitions and convert them into a footprint file. With the help of a text editor, I was able to manually layer everything into one complete image.

 

The KiCad design files are available on GitHub:

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Junes-PhD has shared the project on OSH Park:

Benchoff Nickel

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Creating the Benchoff Nickel