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Diy pcbs

Postby Wiz » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:34 pm

Anyone got any tips on diy pcbs?

Do you just etch your own?

Have you got small runs done somewhere, say less than 10?

Do you just use perf board?
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Re: Diy pcbs

Postby jkhuri44 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:35 am

you can get test run PCB's done very affordably.
google around PCB production china and you'll get something, a few people i've known have done stuff in the past, no longer in contact with them but i know they've done it affordably.
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Re: Diy pcbs

Postby Wiz » Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:18 am

Thanks Jamil.


I have been googling my ass off. 8)
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Re: Diy pcbs

Postby rob » Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:47 pm

Express pcb is an option. Especially if you also need easy to learn and use layout software
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Re: Diy pcbs

Postby Wiz » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:37 pm

thanks Rob

I will go check it out...
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Re: Diy pcbs

Postby Wiz » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:42 pm

Wiz wrote:thanks Rob

I will go check it out...



damn PC only I am on Mac nowadays...


I have been trying Eagle all afternoon... at this stage I might just wire it point to point... it would be faster

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Re: Diy pcbs

Postby chris p » Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:55 pm

Wiz

Best PCB layout software for the Mac that I have is Osmond: see http://www.osmondpcb.com/

I've done heaps of PCB's using it and it exports Gerber files which are pretty much stock standard for PCB makers. It does not do circuit emulation though.

I have also etched by own, but I tend to do this only on simple circuits with wide traces. Getting a PCB professionally made it much more expensive but also is much more robust as circuit complexity increases.

Good luck. Whatchabildin?
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Re: Diy pcbs

Postby Wiz » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:14 pm

Hi Chris

Thanks for replying will check it out.

I am building a mic preamp(s)
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Re: Diy pcbs

Postby chris p » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:16 pm

If you have the schematic and go with Osmond, I'd be happy to walk the road with you. With Osmond, you create a "Part and Net" text file from the schematic, which you then read into Osmond to do the actual layout. It took me a little while to get the hand of the syntax for the text file, so that's one thing I could do to reduce the learning curve.

Call me perverted, but I enjoy the challenge of PCB design, getting the parts laid out and connected aesthetically. I've boarded out heaps of schematics that I will never build, just for the sake of seeing what I can do - all the way up to full console input channels and so forth. Joe Malone is an absolute guru at this, on top of his design cred. His PCB's are just pretty.

Drop me a PM if I can help.
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Re: Diy pcbs

Postby Wiz » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:23 pm

chris p wrote:If you have the schematic and go with Osmond, I'd be happy to walk the road with you. With Osmond, you create a "Part and Net" text file from the schematic, which you then read into Osmond to do the actual layout. It took me a little while to get the hand of the syntax for the text file, so that's one thing I could do to reduce the learning curve.

Call me perverted, but I enjoy the challenge of PCB design, getting the parts laid out and connected aesthetically. I've boarded out heaps of schematics that I will never build, just for the sake of seeing what I can do - all the way up to full console input channels and so forth. Joe Malone is an absolute guru at this, on top of his design cred. His PCB's are just pretty.

Drop me a PM if I can help.



Thats really kind of you Chris... I may just take you up on this... 8)

Let me get to the point that I have decided what I want.. thanks again.
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