Do you have a circuit board design that you would like to test out quickly? Small-scale CNC milling machines provide an accessible, fast, reliable, repeatable way to turn low-complexity designs into prototypes, in about an hour. In this class we’ll cover the basics of circuit milling by using a popular hobbyist CNC device, the OtherMill, to produce an existing circuit board design. After taking the class, students will be able to use an OtherMill to produce their own circuit board designs and discuss other open-source toolchains for circuit board production.
This class enables students to:
– Learn about milled circuit board design considerations (advantages and limitations)
– Optimize designs for reliable milling
– Use Gerber files or SVG files for milling
– Select appropriate milling materials
– Experience a demonstration of the milling process
– Accommodate surface mount and through-hole designs
Students will take home example milled boards that they can later assemble into DIY projects.
$5 materials fee is required on the first day of class; payable to the Instructor. For this fee, students will receive a circuit board milling materials. Bringing a laptop is useful but not necessary.
Suggested prequisite is Artisan’s Asylum “Intro to Basic Electronics” or equivalent; no prequistes necessary.
This class will not run with fewer than 5 students.