Group assignment: Characterize the design rules for your PCB production process:document feeds, speeds, plunge rate,
depth of cut (traces and outline) and tooling.
Document your work (in a group or individually).
Individual assignment: Make an in-circuit programmer by milling and stuffing the PCB, test it,
then optionally try other PCB fabrication process.
Learning outcome: Described the process of milling, stuffing, de-bugging and programming.
Demonstrate correct workflows and identify areas for improvement if required.
I have the basics about electronics and coding by using Arduino, Micro bit, and Makey Makey. I like to code by use blocks especially it is easy and direct.
I aim to learn more about coding by advanced languages.
This week Eng. Yousef AlSenwar explained for us more about this assignment, he showed us how to use the Carvy milling machine, how to solder and how to find the cracks in our circuits.
For the indivual assigment I will make an in-circuit programmer by milling and stuffing the PCB, then test it. I will follow the models presented by Prof.Neil. I choose the basic FabTinyStar.IPS because it is prepared to connect directly to the USB port of the computer,
The FabTinyStar It is another version of an AVR ISP programmer/board that can be produced in a fablab using a milled PCB and readily available components.
I downloaded the .png files of the board from the general FabAcademy Week 04 assignment page. There are two files, the traces image defines the lines and connections and the interior are the borders to cut the final board.
After I read the tutorial and watched the lecture by Prof.Neil, I got so excited after he said "we would learn how to make an in-circuit programmer it suppose to program author circuits, the presses will coast less than one dollar."
All we need for the first step are milling machine, a piece of copper-clad laminate PCB and Finlay CAD design, and some electronice components.
Preparing the design for milling by Easel
To control the cutting and set the setting useing Easel Easel it is an online software from Carvey.
1. I saved the design by using Inkscape and save it as .Png and .svg too. I imporedt the design as .Png
2. I chose the material and add the dimensions, and thickness.
3. I added the bit size.
For engraving Milling bit 1/64in.
For cutting Up cut 1/32in.
4. I set the setting for engraving.
I used Carvey machine.I pluged in the machine and connected to my laptop throw the website, to send the cutting order to the Carvey machine.
I prepared my piece by adding a double-sided tape from the back. I tried to change the bits.Then I started the cutting.
Prepare Soldering Tools
Soldering Tools For Desoldering.
1x ATtiny45 or ATtiny85 2x 1kΩ resistors 2x 499Ω resistors 2x 49Ω resistors 2x 3.3v Zener diodes 1x red LED 1x green LED 1x 100nF capacitor 1x 2x3 pin header
It was my First trail for soldering electronics tiny parts, It was a challenge, but in the same time, I learned more about how to solder and make sure all the paths are connected as in the circuit diagram, my first trail was not succeed, because by mistake I soldered in high temperature and some parts got burn, I was using uncontrolled temperature soldering iron. Also I forgot to solder the ATtiny45 in the right position.
It is my second trail for soldering electronics tiny parts. This time, I collect again all the Components In my notebook and name it as written in the stigmatic drawing.
I prepare the multimeter to check all the paths and make sure of the connection, I borrowed one controlled temperature solder iron, and started soldering.
While checking the pcb connection.
To solder the parts to the PCB, use the schematic and board image as a reference for component values and placement.
Start with the most difficult parts (the ATtiny45) first, so you have the most access.
I follow the schematic drawing while soldering after check the traces.
I stopped here, I faced problems with soldering again, I'll be back to finish this task soon.