I Can Solder Badge

From MakersBox on Tindie:

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I Can Solder Badge

Learn to solder, and learn a little bit about electronics as well

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Soldering can seem a bit daunting,

but it is easier than it looks and it is a skill that opens a world of DIY projects to you. This project is the perfect way to not only learn how to solder, but to show off your new found skill to your friends and family.

Unlike other simple soldering project, this one will also teach you about circuits, and how they work. And it has a switch to save the battery. More power to you!

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What you get:

  • A perfect purple PCB made in the USA by OSH Park.
  • An RGB LED that will open the all the mysteries of color mixing to you.
  • A resistor, which in addition to being the easiest component to learn how to solder, will also save your battery life.
  • A switch, which far more than the resistor, will save your battery and allow you to sleep at night not wondering how long that color changing LED will continue to light up the room.
  • A battery holder for the CR2032, the best and most cost effective lithium coin cell on the planet*.
I Can Solder Badge

Kicad: Designing With Complex Shapes

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KiCad presentation by Andrew Sowa at Teardown 2018:

Kicad: Designing With Complex Shapes

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.

Kicad: Designing With Complex Shapes

KiCad crash course this weekend

Learn how to design boards in KiCad this Saturday, April 28th, with Michael Welling:

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One day KiCad Crash Course

We’ve asked Michael Welling of Qwerty Embedded Design to come to Reno to drop some knowledge on KiCad, an open source and multi-platform schematic capture and PCB layout tool. Michael uses KiCad for some of his famous designs such as LoFive, PocketBone, and BaconBits. Space is limited and you should have some basic electronics and CAD skills under your belt already to make the most of this unique opportunity.

This event will be recorded and live-streamed to the GroupGets YouTube channel

One day KiCad Crash Course

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018, 9:30 AM

Innevation Center
450 Sinclair Street Reno, NV

24 Members Attending

We’ve asked Michael Welling of Qwerty Embedded Design to come to Reno to drop some knowledge on KiCad, an open source and multi-platform schematic capture and PCB layout tool. Michael uses KiCad for some of his famous designs such as LoFive, PocketBone, and BaconBits. Space is limited and you should have some basic electronics and CAD skills under …

Check out this Meetup →

Time:
9:30am – 12:30pm
Break
2:00pm – 5:00pm

What to Bring:
If you would like to follow along bring a Laptop with KiCad installed

Links
Syllabus (https://bit.ly/2Fhjvgk)
KiCad EDA (http://kicad-pcb.org/)
Michael Welling (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mwelling/)
Qwerty Embedded Design (https://groupgets.com/manufacturers/qwerty-embedded-design)
LoFive (https://github.com/mwelling/lofive)
PocketBone (https://github.com/mwelling/pocketbone-kicad)
BaconBits (https://www.hackster.io/mwelling/baconbits-f09ee9)

KiCad crash course this weekend

PCB Artwork Hack Chat Transcript

The transcript has been posted from the Hack Chat last Friday with Andrew Sowa about Circuit Board artwork:

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PCB Artwork & Photo Conversions Hack Chat Transcript

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
  • Backlighting
  • Halftones
PCB Artwork Hack Chat Transcript

The Amp Hour podcast with guest Andrew Sowa

Electrical engineer and PCB designer Andrew Sowa recently joined Chris Gammell on The Amp Hour podcast:

Episode #386 – An Interview with Andrew Sowa

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The Amp Hour podcast with guest Andrew Sowa

KiCad Crash Course in Reno

Interested in learning how to design boards in KiCad?  Check out this upcoming 1-day class in Reno, Nevada (USA) or watch it online:

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One day KiCad Crash Course

We’ve asked Michael Welling of Qwerty Embedded Design to come to Reno to drop some knowledge on KiCad, an open source and multi-platform schematic capture and PCB layout tool. Michael uses KiCad for some of his famous designs such as LoFive, PocketBone, and BaconBits. Space is limited and you should have some basic electronics and CAD skills under your belt already to make the most of this unique opportunity.

This event will be recorded and live-streamed to the GroupGets YouTube channel. 

One day KiCad Crash Course

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018, 9:30 AM

Innevation Center
450 Sinclair Street Reno, NV

11 Members Attending

We’ve asked Michael Welling of Qwerty Embedded Design to come to Reno to drop some knowledge on KiCad, an open source and multi-platform schematic capture and PCB layout tool. Michael uses KiCad for some of his famous designs such as LoFive, PocketBone, and BaconBits. Space is limited and you should have some basic electronics and CAD skills under …

Check out this Meetup →

KiCad Crash Course in Reno