In this class all electronics are made with a technique called Surface Mount, and in this class we'll be helping you design and build your very own Arduino clone, similar to the one shown. The class is designed for everyone, of all skill levels, with no knowledge of electronics required - just a desire to learn and make.
Even though this class is newbie friendly, we'll be doing a pretty deep dive. You'll learn how to read datasheets, how to design components in the layout software, power and ground planes, even how to make funky graphics. Want skulls and flames on your clone? No problem! We'll also talk about the different manufacturing shops out there, pricing, location and what are some of their pros and cons. In the second session you'll learn all about assembly and mounting, and how to correct when the tiny legs on your microntrollers don't quite line up.
Two Saturday sessions - Dates to be announced.
In the first session, you'll learn something about PCB design software, and then you'll create your own Arduino clone design, and send your design out for fabrication.
Two weeks later, you'll be building your boards!
10am - 6pm
The cost includes parts, tools, supplies, instruction and even the PCB fabrication fees. Depending upon which fabrication facility we use, you'll get everything you need to build 2-3 "classduinos."
Limited to 20
What you'll need to bring:
a notebook computer, and optionally, a mouse. We'll tell you what you need to install before the class (it's all downloadable for free). The software runs on Windows and OSX; it appears to be Wine compatible for you Linux users, but if you go that route, getting it to run is up to you.