You can now print your own circuit boards. Check out this cool Voltera, a circuit board rapid prototyping platform: Circuit Board Printer Print dual layer PCBs on FR4 with 10mil space/trace. Our 20mΩ/sq sheet resistance and conventional soldering makes prototyping a breeze … Read more
Category Archives: tools
Rohit writes, “I made a PCB Ruler that contains almost all tools to help you from designing a part to testing the final build” More details on Rohit’s blog. Via the contact form.
Steve Chamberlin of Big Mess o’ Wires writes: Four and a half years ago, I wrote a mini-review of Eagle vs. KiCad, two of the most popular software tools for hobbyists creating custom circuit boards. I concluded that while KiCad … Read more
Kaspar of Monostable shared this helpful purchasing tool the 1clickBOM, a browser extension to quickly add electronic components to shopping carts: 1clickBOM is purchasing tool that let’s you keep one bill of materials (BOM) for items from multiple retailers. It’s a browser … Read more
Necromant writes: This is a small tool for linux userspace that allows you to interact with GPIO lines on PL2303HX devices. It has only been tested on PL2303HXA, but may work for other revisions. Since no common GPIO driver for those … Read more
Kicad converter for TM-240A Pick-and-Place machines by Wayne and Layne: The Pick-and-Place machine needs to know where to place each part, and we have created some software to help convert the PCB design data from our favorite ECAD tool, KiCad, into … Read more
Hardware hacking guru Joe Grand of GrandIdeastudio has posted this new, detailed introduction/demonstration of the JTAGulator, an open source hardware tool te hat assists in identifying on-chip debug (OCD) and/or programming connections from test points, vias, or component pads on … Read more
The Energia team announces the availability of version vE0013. We wrote about it previously: A new version of Energia has been released. Energia is an open-source electronics prototyping platform started by Robert Wessels in January of 2012 with the goal … Read more
Like many others we have succumbed to the urge for a cheap laser cutter. What started as a $200 purchase quickly doubled, but that’s still a fraction of the cost of an expensive one. Why do we what it? That’s … Read more
Here’s a DIY 38mm x 38mm laser engraver build using CD-ROM/writer on ATmega328p by Davide Gironi: A laser engraving machine, is a tool that uses lasers to engrave an object. To build this tool I’ve used two old CD-ROM writer that lays … Read more
Dilshan Jayakody writes: This is a quick post about our newly constructed AC line monitoring unit. This unit consists with analog AC voltmeter, frequency meter and ammeter. Both voltmeter and frequency meter are 2.5 × 2.5 inch in size and ammeter is … Read more
Hemal Chevli wrote an article detailing his new tool the GLCDTerm that reads serial data without PC on GLCD: I’m calling it GLCDTerm(spin-off from GTKTerm), this handy tool reads TTL serial data and displays it on GLCD. This is the first time I’ve used a … Read more
Supertronic posted pictures of his new stencil printer design in the forum: I did a new stencil printer design it will be avaliable before machine production starts. It can print 300x200mm stencils and is used for prototyping.
Martin Kumm writes: This page provides documents about a cheap SMD solder station built as an Arduino shield (Arduino UNO). It supports active soldering tips from Weller (RT series) which contain the heating element as well as a sensor and … Read more
Rupert Hirst of RunAwayBrainz writes: Surface mount component removal can often be tricky. With a little thought, and a piece of copper wire, small components can now be safely and cleanly removed, without damage to either the component or PCB … Read more
Barton Dring wrote a post on his blog detailing his Delta router build, he made it for ORD Camp: This year there happened to be a session on creativity with constraints. The question we debated for an hour was, do constraints help or … Read more
Supertronic writes, “I am designing a small vision based machine having 60x 8mm feeders exchangeable at a size of 800x700mm.” More pictures here. Via the forum.
Martin Raynsford writes about his latest Arduino based project: We switched out the standard controller with an Arduino (just in time for Arduino day) and connected two rotary dials to directly manipulate the X and Y axis. As long as … Read more
The Energia team announces the availability of version 0101E0012. We wrote about it previously: Energia is an open-source electronics prototyping platform started by Robert Wessels in January of 2012 with the goal to bring the Wiring and Arduino framework to … Read more