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Dirty Circuits PCB routing for open hardware designs

Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 in PCBs, skills by DP

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At Dangerous Prototypes we have a team of amazing PCB designers. We crank out a lot of boards publicly and privately, but even we can’t keep these hungry routing addicts busy all the time. Now we’re lending our routing skills to you for your open hardware project through a new site: Dirty Circuits.

If you have an open hardware project and would like help routing the PCB, we’re here to help:

  • Turn a completed schematic in KiCAD or Eagle into a pretty PCB
  • Turn a stack of Arduino shields and a circuit drawings into a schematic and integrated PCB
  • Turn a hand drawing into a great looking KiCAD or Eagle schematic
  • Build that stack of component footprints you don’t want to do yourself

Quality

You can take a look at our previous designs at Dangerous Prototypes. The same routers will work on your PCBs. All designs are hand routed, never autorouted.

Here’s some comments from our private beta testers. A quick fix of inconsistencies that caused a major setback:

..I don’t want it to get weird or anything, but I might kiss you next time I see you. Just sayin’. Huge thanks. Gargantuan colossal thanks. For real, I was sweating bullets about how I’d find time to fix my mess up.

A full board routing:

This looks fantastic. It’s as good as I could have done in Altium, but in Eagle, so I can share the damn design files and have them be useful to people. He even caught that I forgot to add test points for the battery charger and soft power. Hot damn. Hot diggety damn.

We only route the PCB. Any design flaws in the circuit are beyond our control, but we make every effort to route perfect PCBs. In cases where we mess up really bad, we’ll probably fix the design and buy you a new set of PCBs.

What we don’t do…

We are able to route digital designs for open hardware projects. There are many things we don’t want to do:

  • Engineering or design. We just route PCBs, you have to prove the circuit
  • RF or complicated analogue design (impedance balancing, etc)
  • More than 2 layers/10x8CM in Eagle because so few can edit the files (2+ is fine in KiCAD)
  • Closed hardware projects

Keep it Dirty

For more please head over to Dirty Circuits to read the FAQ and submit your boards for routing.

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