Posts Tagged ‘PCBs’

DIRTY TUESDAY: A bumpy road to streamlined service

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

A few months ago we started a private PCB website so our team can get cheap PCBs from a fab in China. Someone spilled the beans, and it hit Hack a Day, Hacker News, etc. We almost shut it down, but it was too much fun to hack and refine...

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The deal with Dirty Cheap Dirty Boards PCBs

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

This sad FACE FRAME! documents the moment Ian found out Dirty PCBs hit Hacker News, Hack a Day, etc. Here's the story behind our joke PCB site... A few months ago there were some comments in the forum about various PCB services making 'crap' $0.90 boards. Later we posted a...

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Box of new PCBs

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

A box of PCBs just arrived from Seeed Studio’s Fusion PCB service. This batch includes: Bus Pirate LCD Adapter v4b DP6037 PTH.v1 DP6037 protoboard.v1 DP6037 SMT.v1 Logic Boost 6 Channel Logic Analyzer FT230X_LTC4053 Breakout v1a FT230X_LTC4053 breakout v1a with proto-area FT311D (Android) breakout v1b All of these PCBs  are available...

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Bus Pirate v4c PCB community order

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Schazamp got restless waiting for the Sick of Beige version of the Bus Pirate v4, namely V4c, to become available at Seeed. He decided to start a PCB order himself. If you'd like to get one from him, head to the forum and leave him a comment. Nevertheless, I want...

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Posted in BP v4, PCBs | 4 Comments »

Magnificent Nixie tube thing PCBs arrive

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Look great. Socket hole is a little too short and needs to be filed down. Not bad though.

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Panelizing multiple PCB on a single cheap PCB service

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Schazamp made an instructable on how to get multiple PCB onto a single cheap PCB service, like Seeed's Fusion, or ITead's Open PCB. The process involves merging the gerber files with GerbMerge. just wrote up an instructable about how you can easily panelize PCBs for SeeedStudio's Fusion PCB service. I...

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PCB macro photography without a macro lens

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Torwag started a thread in the forum with lots of interesting tips for taking macro pictures of PCBs without buying an expensive macro lens: Many here know how difficult it could be to do good detailed images of your project. A lot of point and shoot cameras are not up...

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ITead Studio: COLOR Your PCBs

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

ITead Studio is offering a new "Color your PCBs" service. You can chose to have your boards in red, blue, white, yellow, or black. There's only a $5 price increase, but instead of 10 boards you get 8. To make up for the smaller board output, they are providing e-testing...

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Posted in PCBs | 5 Comments »

Converting an Inkjet printer to print PCBs

Friday, October 28th, 2011

There are many ways to built a DIY PCB. Some of the more popular ones are the toner transfer method, and the UV exposure of PCBs. Both methods require lots of trial and error. Here is another way to go around building you PCBs. Pourcirup posted a tutorial on how...

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Zencart MOD: Limit Paypal to specific categories

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Adafruit posts some Zencart zennieness every week. Here's our first humble mod of the popular online store software. Soon one or two popular PCBs will be available for a couple bucks from the PCB drawer. This is just a test, we don't plan to go into the retail business. We...

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PCB store survey results

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Yesterday we asked how much you'd pay for a PCB from the PCB drawer. We played with the numbers and our findings are below. First, answers to some common questions. Nothing will change with our weekly giveaways. We'd like to make boards available to people who want them, but don't...

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Posted in kit biz | 80 Comments »

Box of new PCBs

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

A box of PCBs just arrived from Seeed Studio’s Fusion PCB service. This batch includes: XT-IDE Adapter Bus Pirate Demo board v4.0 IR Toy Shield v2.0 BPv3b breakout v3.2 Android Accessory Development kit XT-IDE Adapter, Bus Pirate Demo board v4.0, IR Toy Shield v2.0, BPv3b breakout v3.2 and Android Accessory Development kit...

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Get your PCBs made

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Digital DIY has a run down of PCB manufacturing options. Adafruit also has a nice one, and we've discussed it in the forum. Via Hacked Gadgets.

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Week in (p)review: June 24, 2011

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Facebook free PCB Friday is on the way. Don't forget to share your current project in the comments or the forum. Here’s a summary of major developments over the last week: Thermal Tweeter, networked Twitter printer @dangerousproto Bus Pirate v3.5 is now shipping A box of new PCBs just arrived...

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Open source PCB exchange from ITead Studio

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

ITead will start giving away mystery PCBs with every order: At normal when you make your prototyping PCB from us, we just send you 10 pcs of your design, now we offer this OPEN PCB activity to get 2 more PCBs at $0.1 cost. If your design and boards is...

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Reflow oven controller update

Friday, March 25th, 2011

robots updated his reflow over controller, source code is now available in github. Next up - install the electronics. Via the project log forum.

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Reflow oven controller

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

robots shares his design for a reflow oven controller: I have bought [an] oven. The main reason for this was to bake some PCBs. As with every reflow oven, this one needs temperature control as well. I have baked several pcb without problem with unmodified oven. But that might be...

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FT232 LCD backpack update

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Two alternative FT232 LCD backpack PCBs are in the forum. The first one (pictured above) supports standard H44780 LCDs, and graphic LCDs with some creative wiring. The mini version drops the extra IOs for graphics LCDs to get the smallest possible board. If you've got some time this holiday weekend,...

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Posted in Development, LCD | 3 Comments »

Bus Pirate v4, IR Toy update, 3EEPROM PCBs

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

A big box of PCBs arrived from Seeed's Fusion board service today. Here are a few of the boards that have been mentioned on the blog or in the forum: An updated 3EEPROM explorer board USB Infrared Toy manufacturing update Bus Pirate v4 prototype for developers Most of these boards...

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Free PCB Sunday: USB RGB color changer

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

We go through a lot of prototype PCBs, and end up with lots of extras that we’ll never use. Every Sunday we give away a few professionally-made PCBs from one of our past or future projects, or a related prototype. This is a USB controlled RGB color changing light. Someone...

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