PCB Artwork with Inkscape and KiCad


Anool is doing live streams every Saturday on KiCad and this week Bradan Lane joined to show how to use Inkscape to create PCB artwork:

PCB Artwork with Inkscape and KiCad

Learn Quantum Computing with virtual Hackaday class


Join artbyphysicistkitty tomorrow for the start of a weekly virtual class:

Introduction to Quantum Computing

I’m starting a virtual class on Hackaday’s Zoom channel every Sunday:

  • 20:30 CET
  • 14:30 US EDT
  • 11:30 US PDT

We will discuss a new topic for 30 mins every week. The topic will be based on my comics of the week.


As I’ve been teaching our employees at Microsoft, I’ve built up a series of systematic materials from basic concepts to algorithms to hardware systems, and a tutorial on Q# (Q-sharp) – a domain-specific programming language used for expressing quantum algorithms. Typically we took a few months to go through all the basic concepts. Every class was followed by a few Q# exercises. But it is do-able for a 2-hour workshop, such as the one at Hackaday Supercon.

On November 15, 2019, I gave a workshop on a hands-on introduction to Quantum Computing at Supercon. Here are the slides for everyone.  It might felt like a lot to people who encountered the concepts for the first time. But if they go back to the slides now, they’ll be able to recall and digest at their own pace. The workshop was also on high demand. We didn’t have enough space for more people. So anyone who missed it can take a look at the slides which hopefully can give them directions to study further.

Please feel free to post any questions and discussions in this project page. And any mistakes to correct in the slides. I’ll try to answer them here. Enjoy!


Learn Quantum Computing with virtual Hackaday class

KiCad and FreeCAD virtual meetup tomorrow (March 28th)

From Anool:

KiCad and FreeCAD virtual meetup tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th

  • 5:00am US Pacific
  • 8:00am US Eastern
  • 5:30pm India
  • 1:00pm CET
  • 8:00pm China
  • 11:00pm Australia

  • This week, I’ll talk about Schematic Library management and @hemalchevli
    will show how to convert STEP model to PCB footprint
  • We’re trying out Jitsi . It works in a Browser without any extensions. On Android Phones (and maybe iPhones), they’ve got an App.
    https://meet.jit.si/InfuriatedRhinosEatObnoxiously 1
  • If you’d wish to just watch the livestream, here’s the URL:


  • Want to dial in on phone?
    • Australia: +61.8.7150.1136
      Brazil: +55.21.3500.0112
      France: +
      Germany: +49.89.380.38719
      Japan: +81.3.4510.2372
      Spain: +34.932.205.409
      UK: +44.121.468.3154
      US: +1.512.402.2718
    • Dial meeting ID: ‘3947374070’ to connect!
KiCad and FreeCAD virtual meetup tomorrow (March 28th)

Free online class to learn PCB design

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Free online class to learn PCB design is about to start:


You want to learn how to design a printed circuit board and we can teach you. Dr. Bob “The Wizard of Make” Martin (of Microchip) and Mark “Hard Way” Hughes (of Advanced Assembly & Royal Circuit Solutions) are spilling all of their hard-earned design secrets in a first-of-its kind course.

Free online class to learn PCB design

Hackaday: classes, events, and how you can help

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From the Hackaday newsletter:


It’s a time of great stress and uncertainty. We are grateful for all of you who have contributed to the global effort so far. Let’s stick together so we stay healthy and hang out in the real life on the other side of all of this.

With that in mind, we’ve started a calendar of events and classes. If you’d like to teach a class, host a show and tell, or help to organize our climate change summit, respond directly to this email and we’ll help you get set up.

Upcoming: Show and tell, dance party, DIY Strandbeest Q&A, Quantum computing classes. If you have something set up on your own channel you’d like us to add, let us know!

Many of you want to help: with 3D printers at home and manufacturing expertise, this community is in a position to help out those on the front lines.

There are so many Covid-related projects around the web it’s difficult to know where best to put your efforts. We’ve started a doc (right now, today!) that aims to list all the slack channels, Discords, Hackaday.io projects in the world to help you connect.

So many of the really important jobs are the ones that can’t be done remotely, we salute you medical staff, sanitation workers, delivery folks, and all the many others keeping our world running.

With love, ~Hackaday

Hackaday: classes, events, and how you can help

ChickTech Turtle Robot Workshop 2020

From Ken Olsen of the Makers Box:


ChickTech Turtle Robot Workshop 2020

It is hard for me to believe that it has been seven years since my first ChichTech.org workshop, and five years since I started with the Turtle Robot workshop.  The Open Source Turtle Robot I designed specifically for this workshop has gotten better and better.  My workshops leader skills have gotten better and better.  And this workshop was the best so far.  It was designed to introduce high school age girls to engineering, mainly electrical, mechanical, and firmware.  I tell them that engineering is all about problem solving.  The trick is figuring out which problems you like solving!

The high-light of these events is when the parents and siblings come in for a “tech show” and you get to hear the girls explain how they built and programmed the robot.  It is an amazing feat to accomplish in just a few hours.  I predict great success for these girls in what ever they decide to pursue in their lives!

ChickTech Turtle Robot Workshop 2020

Crazy Circuits: Lego-compatible circuit kits and modules

Crazy Circuits Arduino

Crazy Circuits is a project to create Lego-compatible circuit kits and modules by Brown Dog Gadgets, now with breakout boards for Particle Photon and NodeMCU:

Check out the designs on GitHub:


Crazy Circuits: Lego-compatible circuit kits and modules

PocketBeagle workshop this Friday at Maker Faire New York

Register for PocketBeagle coding workshop this Friday with Jason Kridner  of BeagleBoard.org at Maker Faire New York:

Getting Started with PocketBeagle® from BeagleBoard.org® Hands-On Coding Workshop

via PocketBeagle workshop this Friday at Maker Faire New York — BeagleBoard.org Blog