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June 01, 2013
by dvdsnyd
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Sorry it took so long, but I finally got some pics of my homemade development board. I designed the board in KiCad. It is a schematic editor and PCB layout program much like Eagle Cad, however it is open source and completely free. Once I had the pcb laid out how I wanted, I used the toner transfer method to get the PCB art onto the copper clad. I then etched the board using Ferric Chloride.

I haven't tried out the ISP programming functionality yet, but everything else has been working well for a couple weeks now.

Features... -On board adjustable Voltage supply or USB power -Reset -Hardware for automatic reset, have not tried it out yet -Unique board outline, Sits conveniently between 2 breadboards - Supplies power to both power rails of breadboards

I can post the schematic and any other information if people are interested.

Dev pics Dev pics

David

June 01, 2013
by killercow
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Well done David! I've been toying around with making a dev board too but, with yours and Rick's (sorry if I hadn't mentioned any others), why would I want to.

Keep up the good job.

Kevin

June 01, 2013
by Ralphxyz
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David, I like how it fits between two breadboards, good idea!

Ralph

June 01, 2013
by mongo
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Since I haven't had a lot of time to play with my stuff here, I think you gave me an idea that may get me back into it some more. I like this idea.

June 01, 2013
by dvdsnyd
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Thanks everyone!

It has been a great project to get acclimated to pcb design. Having the development board in between the breadboards is really nice. I wanted to have something that is easy to store without risking connections coming undone, or without tearing everything apart. I can unplug it and put it in a little storage box. and get it off my desk easily. Not sure why the pic is so big...Did the exact same thing I did with the other ones.

Let me know if you are interested in the dimensions or the schematic/pcb design files.

David

dev board

June 01, 2013
by dvdsnyd
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Oops...The picture is alright...guess the preview was just goofy...

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