Design and Mill Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)

We found a great Wiki page that holds your hand in a step by step, Dummy’s Guide style manual to milling your own PCBs. The maker who wrote up the Wiki lists the software and hardware used, all of which can be commonly acquired for free or at relative low cost. Those tools are Eagle CAD, pcb-gcode, pcb-probe, Mach 3 CNC, Zen Toolworks 30deg V Shaped Engraving Bit, random surplus carbide PCB drill bits and Guido for doing the milling.

Of course, the same can be accomplished using the Shapeoko, as you can see in this process video by Wilhelm Duembeg using a V-shape bit. The design and print process remains more or less the same regardless of the precision mill you choose to use.

The biggest plus in trying this out is that you won’t have to wait for days or even weeks for the board to ship from a custom PCB service business. So if you are looking for that quick turnaround for a project or if you are just really impatient, this is the way to go!



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