PCB’s have arrived!

March 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm 4 comments

The long awaited prototype PCB’s have arrived, and they look great.

BlipBox PCB revision 4

BlipBox PCB revision 4

As you can see I’ve soldered up one board already. However due to a terrible mistake in my planning I don’t have the sockets necessary to plug in the LED’s.
Everything else is working extremely well. I’ve burned the Arduino bootloader using the onboard ICSP header and then uploaded the latest firmware. It communicates perfectly with the host application by sending sensor updates, and with the touch screen plugged in position sensing works as well.
I’ve put some more photos on flickr so you can see what the boards look like.


Entry filed under: BlipBox, News and Updates.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kai  |  March 28, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    This is very exciting!

    I’m curious about how you generated the printed circuit schematic and what company produced the PCBs.

  • 2. marser  |  March 28, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    These PCB’s were done by BatchPCB. They seem to be the cheapest option for one-off prototypes. Even so the boards are production quality – they send them off to be done by Gold Phoenix in China. Only downside seems to be the turn around, and for quantity orders there are cheaper options around.

    I used eagle, the free version. Probably the most idiosyncratic piece of software I’ve ever used, but it works and seems popular.

    There’s a couple of very good tutorials on SparkFun, see
    Designing better PCB’s, and Eagle: schematics which continues with PCB layout, gerber file generation et c.

  • 3. kai  |  March 28, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Interesting, thanks!

    One of your links is bad, you probably meant

    And by the way there’s a faulty link here too:

    • 4. marser  |  March 28, 2009 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Kai – links fixed.


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