Posts Tagged ‘how-to’

110v temperature controlled soldering station build no. 2

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Mike Doughty from PCB Smoke shared his DIY 110v temperature controlled soldering station in the project log forum: This project is build number 2 of a 110v temperature controlled soldering station. It is a follow-up post to the project that I was working on last October. Blog post with complete...

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Using Altium for a DirtyPCBs order

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Jarrett  has written an article describing a technique of using Altium for a DirtyPCBs order: This is a pretty rare combo: using a premium PCB package with the budget board house. Kinda funny. Generally these small run PCB houses provide DRU and CAM files for EAGLE design rule checking and...

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How do I FPGA?

Friday, March 4th, 2016

TC-Engineering writes: I’ve been thinking about building stuff with FPGA’s for a while, and usually get turned away because FPGA’s are considerably harder to implement than microcontrollers since they have no on-chip memory. It is necessary to re-program the gates every time they power up, which requires an external flash...

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Making PCB vias with conductive ink

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Here's an alternative method for making PCB vias using conductive ink from Diyouware: We developed an alternative method for making PCB vias through-hole using our robot. As you probably know the traditional DIY method consists in threading a wire through the holes and then soldering it and then cutting it off. For example, if...

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DIY 110v temperature controlled soldering station

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Mike Doughty over at PCBSmoke shared his DIY 110v temperature controlled soldering station in the project log forum: This post shows how to build a do it yourself 110 volt soldering station. It is a step by step guide that shows how to convert a regular plug-in soldering iron into a temperature...

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ESP8266 remote controlled sockets

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Rui Santos made a new project, an ESP8266 remote controlled sockets: In this project your’re going to build a web server with an ESP8266 that can control remotely any sockets (safely!). Project info at Rui's Random Nerd Tutorials site. Check out the video after the break. (more…)

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How to make two ESP8266 talk

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Here's a detailed tutorial on how to make two ESP8266 talk with each other from Rui Santos: How it works? You’re going to set one ESP as an Access Point (Server) and another ESP as a Station (Client). Then they’ll establish a wireless communication and the Client sends a message to the...

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CDC serial driver for Bus Pirate v4 on Windows 7 64-bits

Friday, September 4th, 2015

kaupunkish@ writes: I managed to fix this problem by googling.  All I did was changing VID and PID to what I have in Bus Pirate and then naming it nicely at the end of INF. Voila! I was able to update driver software. I am not specialist in this area,...

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How to control your ESP8266 from anywhere in the world

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Rui Santos shared a tutorial on how to control your ESP8266 from anywhere in the world: The most common questions I get about the ESP8266 WiFi Modules are: “Is it possible to control my ESP8266 from anywhere in the world?” and “How can I control my ESP8266 from anywhere?”. I’m...

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ESP8266 firmware flashing with a Bus Pirate

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Jonathan Endersby writes, "Flashing the firmware on an ESP8266 is apparently not so straight forward. This is the process I used to get it to work reliably." Via Get an assembled Bus Pirate for $30, including world-wide shipping. Also available from our friendly distributors.

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Unbrick a Teclast X98 BIOS with Bus Pirate 4 and Flashrom

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

cosmok82 has posted a tutorial on how to unbrick a Teclast X98 BIOS with Bus Pirate 4 and Flashrom: Sometimes you put your feet out of bed and a bad day comes. In all these days C/D is close to you! Enjoy our guide, step by step to unbrick your Teclast...

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Tutorial: Using GNU profiling (gprof) with ARM Cortex-M

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Erich Styger of MCUonEclipse writes, "I have published a Sneak Preview how GNU gprof profiling looks for an embedded target ARM Cortex-M in an earlier post. This tutorial explains how to profile an embedded application (no RTOS needed) on ARM Cortex-M devices with GNU gprof. Additionally I explain the inner...

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Sturdy pots on breadboards

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Paul over at DorkbotPDX writes, "Often I throw together a quick demo for the bi-weekly DorkbotPDX meetup, usually involving one or more pots to adjust parameters.  Finally, I've come up with a pretty good way to put pots on solderless breadboards." More details at Paul's blog. Check out the video...

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Making an intelligent cap with Crowtail modules

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Need an idea for a present? Gebera shares us a present he made for his Dad, an intelligent cap: It can be a great help to let my father know the time and have a rest if the UV ray is too high and be careful when come back late...

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DIY digital soldering station

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Mike over at PCBSmoke has written an article detailing the build of his digital temperature controlled soldering station: The unit uses a PID temperature controller, an SSR (Solid State Relay) and a transformer plus a metal enclosure case, a soldering stand and a few other parts. It is relatively inexpensive...

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SoHa SMART first logo PCB design & manufacture

Friday, May 29th, 2015

‏ @josephpcrabtree tweeted, "New learn-to-solder badges for @SoHaSMARTMaker. PCBs from @dangerousproto DirtyPCBs" This is a big day for any maker space when you learn to design and manufacture your own PCB. We are very proud of our circuit design and end result. We will use these in all of our...

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An almost reliable, high precision, 3D printer: Son of MegaMax (SoM)

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Mark Rehorst wrote this instructable detailing the build of his 3D printer - Son of MegaMax (SoM): I built my first 3D printer, MegaMax, using surplus machine parts over a period of about 2 years. I built it myself because when I started the project, the biggest build envelope you could get in...

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Ben Heck’s DIY PIC32 Dev board

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

In this video Ben Heck of Element14 demonstrates how he build his own PIC32 development board.

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Simple Infrared PWM on Arduino

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The crew from AnalysIR has written up an article on Simple Infrared PWM on Arduino. This first part of a series will show you how to generate the simple Infrared carrier frequency on Arduino: We are often asked on discussion boards, about conflicts between IRremote or IRLib and other Arduino Libraries. In...

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DirtyPCB Arduino business card

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Here's an instructable by ProtoG on how to make your own PCB business card: In this instructable I am going to show you how to make your own printed circuit board business card. I feel that these business cards will really help you stand out from the crowd and make a...

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