As many of you well know based on the kits available from the GetLoFi.com/shop, over the past year we have been experimenting with making our own single sided circuit boards. The road to making shiny nearly perfect boards quickly and efficiently was not easy. Despite a great number of tutorials on the Internet some aspects of this process are not very clear or efficient. Most of the focus is on making one circuit board and then shipping the design to a PCB Fab House either over seas or in US. There is nothing wrong with that if you need double sided through-hole PCBs and are prepared to pay a high premium and wait months for the results which may or may not be correct. Not to mention the frustration of learning bulky CAD software to make those dreaded Gerber files. Our method involves first designing a board in dead simple ExpressPCB software, printing a template, copying onto toner transfer paper, transferring via a laminator, etching, cutting, no drilling, and viola! Low cost large batches of simple circuit boards in as little as 1 hour start to finish given that nothing goes wrong. We are not saying that this is the best, most efficient, and convenient way. This is simply how we make our boards. If you decide to try this process be warned that we provide no guarantee on your safety or results. Do this at your own risk and observe all safety warnings, also be prepared to spend considerable cash on quality supplies and equipment.
The 4th annual diy* Fest looks like a switch filled time! The event is slated to be from December 5th through the 7th in Zurich, Switzerland at DYNAMO. The curators describe it as “…an event that specifically addresses a creative and joyful approach to technology and fosters public discussion at the nexus of art, science and society. It is also a showcase for innovations in music and media art. The organizers value international collaboration with universities and art institutions as well as individual interesting artists and technologists.” The event will feature an exhibition, concerts, talks, workshops, and tons of cool people to hang out with! If you want to get involved with the festival email: firstname.lastname@example.org and describe how you would like to contribute by October 31st!