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This week I teamed up with Xander Hudson to make PCBs. Besides being pretty, making your own printed circuit boards is fun and you can have a prototype board ready in a few hours.

First you need a design. There are a bunch of timer circuits in the latest issue of Make: that are begging for circuit boards. There are lots of designs online at places like discovercircuits.com

Eagle CAD has a bit of a steep learning curve, but it’s got a library of parts that you can drag and drop onto the board that make getting everything the right size and proportion easy.

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If you don’t want to design your own circuit, you can download all the source files, including a pdf, and print them out on a laser printer out to make the Make: Light. – Link (Zip File)

Also, make sure to download the pdf that goes along with this podcast that includes a great article by Andrew Argyle that includes material lists and step by step instructions. – Link

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