- 1 Description
- 2 GAPS - Creative PCB-design Workshop, Electronic Wonderland August 2022
- 3 GAPS (GaPiSen) | gambar pisibi-mu sendiri - Creative PCB-design Workshop with Diy-CAD, Lifepatch 30. June 2022
- 4 Experience from the first workshop at Dimension Plus LAB, TW
- 4.1 Discuss the difference between the "schematic" representation and "physical" implementation
- 4.2 Start layouting and drafting the correct connections with pencil
- 4.3 Overlay with a transparency sheet and draw the circuit traces and pads
- 4.4 Scan (or photo), scale it back down, print and etch the boards
- 4.5 Etch the boards or send it for manufacturing
- 5 Workshop at GOSH2017, Santiago de Chile
- 6 Workshop at Take-Space, Fablab Hamamatsu, Japan
- 7 Reflections
We have been developing and testing the new workshop for GOSH2017, called diy-CAD (do-it-yourself Children Aided Design), specifically for the Gär Lämpli project (fermentation lamp). The core idea of the workshop-kit is tool for creative designs of printed circuit boards, introducing basic concepts of Open Hardware being something to re-design for your own use. Going from an open/shared schematic and bill of materials to a manufacturable board, using SMD (surface mount devices) components. The design tool is mostly pen and paper, where the footprint of the parts are scaled 400% and can be freely rearranged, and then a copper layer can be painted to draw the functional board design by hand. This was the first time the kit was tested and i am very thankful for feedback if this is useful at all, or other uses of it.
說明: DIY 兒童輔助設計電路(DIY-CAD,do-it-yourself Children Aided Design) 是馬克(Marc Dusseiller Dusjagr)為發酵小燈Gär Lämpli 專案設計，也為了2017年的"開放科學硬體大會"The Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH)發展與測試的DIY兒童輔助設計工具。主要核心概念以創意設計的列印電路紙板為工具，藉此讓大家認識開放硬體的基本概念，即利用已經開放的事物依自己所需重新設計，從開放/分享的工程圖與一堆材料中，SMD的電子元件，完成可製造的電路板設計。 主要的工具是紙跟筆，工具中的電子材料紙元件都已經被放大400%，元件相連接的電路可以用手自由地創造塗繪，這套工具還在測試當中，如果有人使用或是受益，馬克將會非常感謝您的回饋。
Prepare 400% scaled, printed, laminated and cut-out smd parts.
Information about these parts
GAPS - Creative PCB-design Workshop, Electronic Wonderland August 2022
The laminates to cut and MASK for etching are available on the peepsy github.
GAPS (GaPiSen) | gambar pisibi-mu sendiri - Creative PCB-design Workshop with Diy-CAD, Lifepatch 30. June 2022
Schedule: Thursday, 30. June, starting at 17:30. Duration 2-3 hours. Snacks will be provided, feel free to bring something too!
Location: @ Rumah lifepatch, Yogyakarta
In this creative drawing workshop, we will learn the most basic introduction to read schematics of electronics circuits, and how to implement it as a functional PCB (Printer Circuit Board) where all the connections are drawn in copper. We will learn what are footprints of components and what are the different "layers" for preparing a PCB design for manufacturing (in China factory of DIY home etching).
As a creative design / drawing workshop we want to explore how creativity can be use to make unique designs of fuctional electronic circuits. We also will discuss what means Open Hardware and why sharing design instructions can lead to a diversity of personal designs and improving the accessibility for DIY electronics workshops. No previous knowledge is needed to participate successfully!!
All the materials will be available on site, pen and paper, colors, footprints.
What circuit will we do?
The example circuit is based on the peepsy, by Michael Egger (a.n.y.m.a.) and it has even a practical function as a continuity tester, the most useful tool to test if a connection is present, in a cable or on a circuit. It's the "peep" that is one of the functions of all multimeters, and usually the one we use the most! The circuit is very simple, 1 capacitor, 2 resistors, 1 LED, a buzzer to make the "beep", a coin battery holder and an µ-controller (the Attiny85). Due to the special software on the attiny, it will "sleep" all the time, and only use a little electricity when testing, so the battery last almost forever!
How was it?
Experience from the first workshop at Dimension Plus LAB, TW
首次工作坊實驗測試於台灣LAB By Dimension Plus!
Discuss the difference between the "schematic" representation and "physical" implementation
Start layouting and drafting the correct connections with pencil
we should add some sticky tape to fix them...
Overlay with a transparency sheet and draw the circuit traces and pads
Make sure you take some photo of your layout to refer to the part's position later.
Scan (or photo), scale it back down, print and etch the boards
Take a decent photo, check for reflections from lamps and stuff. Edit the photo in GIMP, to select all surrounding areas and invert the selection. Fill with FG (black), copy, create from clipboard -> new file. import in Inkscape, rescale to original size (some markings on the drawing would be great). Last edits can also be done in inkscape, like adding logos, version numbers, open source coconuts or defined drill holes, cut-layer etc...
Etch the boards or send it for manufacturing
Panel, Print and etch, or use pdf2gerber to send it for manufacturing. A version was imported to kiCAD and Gerber files produced. You can find it on kitnic.
板子，列印與蝕刻或使用pdf2gerber轉檔，送至工廠製作。 新版可輸入至kiCAD，製作出Gerber檔案，你可在此找到。 kitnic.
Workshop at GOSH2017, Santiago de Chile
See discussion on GOSH Forum.
Workshop at Take-Space, Fablab Hamamatsu, Japan
Designing and making the boards
Impressions from the diy-CAD creative PCB design workshop in Take-Space / Fabalab Hamamatsu
Preparing the files for Manufacturing
Selected Take's Unagi Version of the GärLämpli (and thx to Nozomi for nice calligraphy!!) and prepared the file in Inkscape to get extra features and make Shenzhen Ready for manufacturing. See a how to here.
Making a Kit
... and even a nice little box.
I hope more people are picking up the diy-CAD design tool, or also just the kits we developed using it. I think it can have it's special role in education (not as a starting point), fun for geeks/adults, aswell as complete newbies to open hardware & pcb design. The full process gives them an amazing experience from drawing and having first time a pcb made in their hands in one (long) day.
This educational workshop project, specifically with attiny85 audio prog bootloader, is maybe not the most suitable, if its just about creative pcb making, other sound toys, synths and blinke-shit might do the trick. But then on the other side, the audio programmable attiny, also called CocoNEO, is a very powerful low-cost µ-controller science/toy with much broader possible applications, similar to other data-loggers available by publiclab and many others.