Quick PCB


#1

I made a long skinny one sided PCB today with the help of the glowforge. The board was only 1/2" wide but 10" long. I covered the copper clad board with Kapton tape, placed it in the GF, did a really light cut thru the tape and then weeded it where I wanted it to etch. Here is one being etched.


And here is the the thing it went in


#2

:star_struck:


#3

That is downright amazing!!!


#4

I’ve GOT to get a bench back up and running. Glowforge and Arduino are simply made for each other.


#5

As a person with a near fetish for colored light FX, I need some more details!


#6

Even if you don’t use this for etching circuitboard traces, there’s always etching brass… or electroplating…


#7

I am prototyping an ultra thin durable light panel to be used on stage, This one is using lights i had, They are 2812 chips, RGB and each one is addressable. This panel is 16x16 leds, I used the fastLED library for arduino and just used one of there demos. It draws nearly 150 watts.


#8

Have you thought about the NeoPixel matrices from adafruit.com? It will save you the work of making the boards and soldering, plus they’re flexible too.

https://www.adafruit.com/category/327


#9

I did, Their bigger ones aren’t bright enough and the 8x8 is too rich for my blood:-). But I love adafruit.
And I just like to make things! Surely you get that


#10

Yeah, I have a string that’s supposedly 4 LEDs per unit that’s not blinding at all…

That Kapton thing is great! Now I am thinking about a board I’ve been wanting to etch for a while.


#11

Oh yeah I totally get that… it’s the running joke any time I see something in the store… “Oh I can make that… but do I want it right now or in 3 weeks?” :slight_smile:

Guess they’re using different LEDs in them. I have some NeoPixel strips and they’re blinding.


#12

So pretty! :heart_eyes:


#13

Very cool.


#14

Nice work. Does Kapton tape cut cleanly? I tried with a blue laser diode and it made a charred mess.


#15

it was a little gummy but pretty good, Think a little more power would have helped