RoboBrrd Brain board v2 gEDA design time-lapse video

Watch Erin design RoboBrrd’s Brain board v2 in gEDA from start to finish. RoboBrrd is an interactive robot designed to motivate students by responding to their achievements through chirps and dances. The original brain of the RoboBrrd was an Arduino MEGA, but the latest version will feature a custom Arduino compatible board.

Since redesigning RoboBrrd went so well, the base was eliminated. This meant that the previous version of the RoboBrrd Brain Board was way too gigantic! Luckily, an Arduino does fit into the back of RoboBrrd. It’s a tight squeeze for all directions with all the items I wanted to put on the board.

Making all of the footprints and such was quite tedious and time consuming. Hopefully there will be no mistakes. Slowly getting better at designing boards, but it is still very challenging! Here’s a timelapse video of making the board… it was a lot of work.

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  1. Very cool! I’ve always wanted to do a time-lapse video of a board design, but I always remember that halfway through the design

  2. I am one of the many who have gotten sucked in to using EAGLE because of the massive community support behind it. However I have felt like 8x10cm board limitation does hold me back from doing larger projects (Open Hardware bench supply, power devices, etc). I have wanted to try gEDA but its the niggly things and having to hand build libraries for lots of parts that put me off.

    Maybe DP (and places like Adafruit, Sparkfun) should start helping people migrate to things like gEDA?

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