Circuit Board Three Part Series Workshops



  • I saw this on hackaday today:
    http://hackaday.com/2015/12/27/eagle-to-kicad-made-easy/

    I haven’t tried the scripts myself, but thought I would share for anyone who has existing EagleCAD stuff they’d like to convert to KiCAD.



  • Just a reminder the second session in this workshop is happening this Thursday (September 15). If you missed the first one, you can still sign up for the next two and catch up later. The first session was a pretty good hit, don’t miss out!



  • We’ll be using flatcam to do the conversion from gerber to gcode.

    You can install it from here: http://flatcam.org/download

    It needs python 2.7

    For ubuntu, I cloned the repository and then ran the setup_ubuntu.sh script to install all of the dependencies.



  • I had issues install flatcam on one of my ubuntu 16.04 boxes (the one I’m planning on bringing with me tonight).

    I realized that I forgot to mention that setup_ubuntu.sh needs to run as root, so you’ll need to do:

    sudo ./setup_ubuntu.sh

    It seems that they made some changes in ubuntu 16 about versions of python and when the setup_ubuntu.sh script ran the “pip install rtree” command it decided to install the python3 version of rtree rather than the python 2.7 version of rtree. So I had to manually do:

    sudo pip2 install rtree

    and then it installed rtree into python 2.7 and when I then tried to run:

    python ./FlatCAM.py

    I got a GUI window instead of an error.



  • For the third part of the workshop, we’ll be soldering together an Arduino board.

    The following would be useful to have:

    • Temperature controlled soldeing iron
    • solder (leaded is easier than unleaded)
    • flush cutters
    • needle nose pliers (or hemostats)
    • safety glasses

    I have 3 soldering stations that I’ll be bringing with me, and I heard that there are some at the space, so if you don’t have one, it should still be good.

    I’ll also be bringing solder, and a bunch of extra sets of pliers and flush cutters.

    The ATMega chips will be preprogrammed wih the Arduino bootloader and a sample sketch (so no laptop required to verify that your board is working). If you bring a laptop with the Arduino software installed, then you should be able to program your board.



  • This last workshop is going to be very independent of the first two. So if you missed the last two, but still interested in building your own boards, you should join us for this workshop!



  • I will be there also! :)



  • I saw this instructable today, which goes into more detail than I was planning, so I thought I would post it for anybody who is interested:
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-101-for-the-Beginner/?ALLSTEPS



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