a few of us are really into electronics and using KiCAD for making PCB designs. Back in August 2016, Stephen ran an introduction to KiCAD session: http://www.swmakers.org/blog/archives/08-2016
Maybe it's time to run another KiCAD design event? We are thinking it could be something practicable, ie:
- the above TP4056 battery charger, but include an assortment of different sized plugs
- a simple ESP2866 based PCB that includes various LED's, switches and a buzzer etc
- an Arduino based add on board, that contains various LED's, switches and a buzzer etc
- what would you like create?
Once the electronic KiCAD based schematic is designed, we will continue on using KiCAD to design up the PCB layout. It costs around AUD$20 to have a batch of 10 panellised PCB's produced in Shenzhen
PCB panellised example:
It can take anywhere from 4 days (costs $26 extra) to 5 weeks for the boards to be shipped from China to Bunbury.
These PCB's could contain a mixture of through hole and surface mount components. This would then make a handy practice soldering kit for people wanting to learn more about electronics etc.
Anyone interested? What would you like to design and construct?
NOTE: no knowledge of electronics is needed, as a relevant circuit diagram will be provided. You will need to bring along a laptop or lug along a computer so you can learn to use KiCAD.