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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby Teej212 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:05 am



Great read, thanks!
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby affectperdals » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:42 am

This is awesome, just wanted to pop in and say thank you for putting all of this info in one place.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby morange » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:13 am

Autodesk Moves Eagle to Subscription Only Pricing

KiCad has been improving steadily in the past years, and now is definitely a good time for EAGLE users to consider it before signing on to the Autodesk Subscription Plan™.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby DRodriguez » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:19 am

Man, glad this one doesn't affect me, but the move of professional software to subscription based has been killing me and my wallet.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby crochambeau » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:50 am

morange wrote:KiCad has been improving steadily in the past years, and now is definitely a good time for EAGLE users to consider it before signing on to the Autodesk Subscription Plan™.


Yeah, when I started in on it (a couple years ago now) my biggest complaint with KiCad was the library management.

Either I've gotten a lot better at it (arguable) or the newer version has taken great strides in terms of streamlining the process. No more do I have to counter-intuitively re-edit the library reference files for each and every project.

Plus now OSH Park takes the KiCad board file for manufacture, so I no longer have to export separate front and back copper, mask, screen, and drill files. It's downright dreamy.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby eatyourguitar » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:05 am

crochambeau wrote:
morange wrote:KiCad has been improving steadily in the past years, and now is definitely a good time for EAGLE users to consider it before signing on to the Autodesk Subscription Plan™.


Yeah, when I started in on it (a couple years ago now) my biggest complaint with KiCad was the library management.

Either I've gotten a lot better at it (arguable) or the newer version has taken great strides in terms of streamlining the process. No more do I have to counter-intuitively re-edit the library reference files for each and every project.

Plus now OSH Park takes the KiCad board file for manufacture, so I no longer have to export separate front and back copper, mask, screen, and drill files. It's downright dreamy.


the down side is that the pcb are only as good as the best quality from OSHpark. not really a good fab in my opinion.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby crochambeau » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:17 am

I've yet to run into a single issue with an OSH board, not that I'm here to sway your opinion.

Regarding KiCad, it also exports gerber just fine. You can batch process all the files/layers except drill, the extra couple key strokes is no big deal.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby eatyourguitar » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:33 am

the problem with OSHpark is that the prices are too high, the turnaround is not fast like it was 4 years ago, the drills are always off center making vias absolute shit although barely functional. the second problem that is not so bad is that the silk screen will be smudged or absent from half the pcb on one out of ten boards. itead is now getting on my shit list for having one in ten pcb have via that actually fail on new pcb and also tented vias randomly half my vias not tented. I order 5 times a month from itead but pretty soon it will be prototype only. I can get cheaper than itead with much better quality just gotta step that big money game up.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby crochambeau » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:55 am

eatyourguitar wrote:the drills are always off center making vias absolute shit although barely functional


Hmm, I haven't observed issues like, but thanks - I'll keep my eyes peeled. I try and avoid vias as much as possible, unless we're talking pads, but I have wound up having to stitch a few traces front to back to front again after retroactively installing features and haven't hit any snags yet.

I know they're not the cheapest game in town, but I've been happy so far and I like the fact that it's a domestic production. Once I graduate to 100 piece runs I'll probably look elsewhere, but for low level prototyping & 10x runs they've met my expectations quite well.

But enough about fab houses, while I'm populating the DIY info thread, I feel the urge to link the P.Millet data archive: http://www.tubebooks.org/technical_books_online.htm
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