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Hi !

I would like to make my own little PCB, but I don't know where to start.

I've already made my .pcb file using ExpressPCB which you can find here : http://www.mediafire.com/?1m8ad81dkqd0ag8

So what are my options ? I am willing to spend up to 20$ for this project. Is it worth to send my project to a PCB printing company or I should do the infamous acid bath and everything ?

Thanks y'all !


Here is an image for people who like previews :

I am pretty sure that express PCB files only work through their service, which is not ideal considering the price is not great(http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/fusion-pcb-service-p-835.htmlThese guys are really cheap, but i dont know what the quality is like). I doubt you want to redo your board for another service, but there are much better ones out there. I say go for the home-etched, for simple one sided boards it is much more practical. Lots of people have tutorials and you get to use your board that day.

Is it possible to home-etch my own boards with ExpressPCB ?

Took me like a full 3h of work to achieve my goal !


--- Quote from: expertmax1 on April 25, 2013, 12:57:31 am ---Is it possible to home-etch my own boards with ExpressPCB ?

Took me like a full 3h of work to achieve my goal !

--- End quote ---

Ok, you're board there is very simple.  Even if you can't export from ExpressPCB for something DIY suitable, you could always just load your image into your favourite graphics program and trace over the top to produce something suitable for your etching purposes.

In fact, you could just get an etch resist pen and manually draw it directly onto the copper, then etch, for a one-off.

It looks like a nice simple circuit, if you want, I can draw up a board in Eagle for you and send you a copy of the Gerbers you would need to send to oshpark or seeed or where-ever you want to send it.

let me know if you would be interested. :)



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