I went through the same sort of deliberations when i started building my
I spent a long time (much to alex’s distaste) prototyping and seeing how
things reacted, alex has obviously recommended eagle, my 2 cents on this
one would be to look at design spark pcb, there is only a free version and
its a bit less limiting than eagle i find.
Its completely reasonable to have a board made and soldered all on
Wednesday evening, early on i made an isolated mosfet driver to do just
that that was designed, etched and drilled one night, it wouldnt take much
more to solder up and be ready.
In terms of getting it working for friday, you can reasonably run a
prototype on a 9v battery, the blue will be a bit washed and overall
brightness will be low, but youll get a nice example of what it will look
like. I can show you my board which I put together (its VERY rough) to give
an idea of what you can do, its built to handle ALOT more power than your
looking at, but it can be scaled back without too much issue.On Monday, 29 September 2014 13:31:49 UTC+1, Nour Alomary wrote:
Thank you all for getting back to me.
Since it’s just a prototype, and I would ideal to have it working for
friday, ordering new LEDs would be a disadvantage, but I would like to try
them out (when I get my next paycheck).
If it’s possible to get them working with the current LEDs that would be
great, I know that they won’t light up for long, and when/if 12V batteries
are used it will be a little big, but the whole point of it is a learning
experience so the next one would be an improvement/ much better.
Ben, I tried to get it working but it didn’t work for some reason on
sunday, I used new batteries for them too. Though would like to get one
working if possible.
Nathan, I have already started looking at neopixels, they look Awesome!
can’t wait to get my hands on some and start hacking away with them.
Alex, Yes, that would be great! Since this is the start and I’m just
getting used to playing with electrnoics and the hackspace, I think it will
have time to improve it and also get some neopixels and improve it.
last time I designed a PCB was about 5 years ago? in school D&T lesson,
haven’t done it since, though will have a look at the post, Thanks.
The f-2-f tutorial sounds awesome.