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Make Your Own Printed Circuit Boards – Make: Video Podcast

Make Your Own Printed Circuit Boards – Make: Video Podcast
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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

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

Weekend Projects is sponsored by Microchip Technology. Check out their seminars and the Microchip Masters Conference.

14 thoughts on “Make Your Own Printed Circuit Boards – Make: Video Podcast

  1. fstedie says:

    Very nice, I’ve used this method before with varying degrees of success.

    I wonder, what are the smallest size traces that you’d be able to get using this method?

  2. TheThompsonFive says:

    Nice crack on Boston boys! And inspiring tutorial. I really want to try this someday.

  3. frank26080115 says:

    Awesome video.

    Boiling hot water penetrates the paper better.

  4. whatsup_Will says:

    i’ve seen a hackaday post on making a usb to rs232, even got a free sample. no i just need a laser printer :(

    btw thats like 8 connections in the space of 1cm.


    can’t you release a non itunes product. your site is all about making your own gear yet your lock up the rss into only itunes :( so sad.

  5. samurai1200 says:


    If you’re in Windows, use Juice:

    and the XML podcast linkage bizness:

  6. spock_lives says:

    in the make light on the schematics . what is —
    on blink jp1 . sum help wood be nice .

    can sum one till me what it is .

  7. @_@ says:

    Hey ppl this is an awesome website but if any on here can u answer my question? Okay here it goes, Can you make your own music video here? Show me put the page where it is but plz it has to be save ;)

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