As outlined in the Commercial Boards policy, fabbing your own boards is an important part of Fab Academy. The 'fabbest' way to do this, is by milling your FR1 boards via Fab Modules or Mods.
- group project
Characterize the specifications of your PCB production process
- individual project
Make an in-circuit programmer by milling the PCB, then optionally, trying other processes.
Describe the process of milling, stuffing, de-bugging and programming
Demonstrate correct workflows and identify areas for improvement if required
Shown how you made and programmed the board
Explained any problems and how you fixed them
Included a ‘hero shot’ of your board
Does the FabISP need to work to complete the assignment?
- Yes, by the end of Embedded Programming week because you will program your board from Electronics Design week with it. It is highly recommended that you attempt it this week and explain ALL the debugging that you did to try to find out problems.
Can we use the locally compiled version of Fab modules to mill PCBs and moulds?
- There are no requirements for what you use for CAD and CAM, and certainly not to use mods. Having said that, the mods algorithms are more efficient than the older fab modules, so something's wrong if they're taking more time for you. And mods is easier to configure, and shows the internals of the algorithms, so Neil recommends getting set up to use them.