Electronics Design

  • group project

Use the test equipment in your lab to observe the operation of a microcontroller circuit board

  • individual project

Redraw the echo hello-world board, add (at least) a button and LED (with current-limiting resistor), check the design rules, make it, test it.

extra credit: Simulate its operation. Render it.

Learning outcomes:

  • Select and use software for circuit board design

  • Demonstrate workflows used in circuit board design

Have you:

  • Shown your process using words/images/screenshots

  • Explained problems and how you fixed them, including how you worked with design rules for milling (DRC in EagleCad and KiCad)

  • Included original design files (Eagle, KiCad, Inkscape, .cad - whatever)

NB. Also, if you make a board and it doesn't work; franken-hack that board (with jumper wires etc) until it does work, then make a new one with the knowledge you have gained.


Can I modify an existing design board?


  1. Yes as long as you acknowledge the original design and explain your contribution to the board.

Do I need to create a schematic file?


  1. If your software does not generate it no, otherwise yes. You can draw or use kokopelli which does not create schematic files.