Apr 292012
 

I’ve kept a list of links I found very helpful lately. While I’m no stranger to a soldering iron and I know how to use perfboard, I have never etched a PCB before and I’ve never designed a PCB. I don’t think I would have had much luck at all without the following sites. I still use them quite regularly.

http://www.adafruit.com/tutorials

http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/category/1

http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/HomePage

http://tronixstuff.wordpress.com/tutorials/

http://www.ladyada.net/library/procure/partsdistributors.html

For my last round of parts buying, I had excellent service from the following sites. Highly recommended.

http://www.sparkfun.com/

http://www.pololu.com/

http://www.mouser.com/

 

Since I’ve never designed a PCB before, but I’m no stranger to drafting, the following articles were enough to get me started. I think just jumping in and playing with Eagle wouldn’t have ended with much success.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4C63828A483E756&feature=plcp

http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/108

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http://aaroneiche.com/2010/06/24/a-beginners-guide-to-making-an-arduino-shield-pcb/

 

I had never etched anything before. I always wanted to, but never made it a priority. I had no clue what I was doing or where to start even. Luckily the internets are full of awesome people that post really helpful stuff. I eventually bought toner transfer paper from Mouser and used Ferric Chloride from RadioShack, but I also bought UV coated boards and I’m going to try Muriatic Acid and Hydrogen Peroxide. These links are full of helpful information.

http://www.getlofi.com/?p=1997

http://fullnet.com/~tomg/gooteepc.htm#1

http://hackaday.com/2008/07/28/how-to-etch-a-single-sided-pcb/

http://hackaday.com/2010/05/07/toner-transfer-explained-step-by-step/

http://hackaday.com/2011/11/25/etching-your-own-pcbs/

http://www.jameco.com/Jameco/PressRoom/makeoneetch.html

http://quinndunki.com/blondihacks/?p=835

http://www.instructables.com/id/Stop-using-Ferric-Chloride-etchant!–A-better-etc/

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