KiCAD and FlatCAM to isolation route PCBs

As a follow-up to my last post on Autodesk and Eagle, I milled my first PC board using the KiCAD and FlatCAM to LinuxCNC toolchain. I did schematic capture and board design on KiCAD and Gerber-to-GCode on FlatCAM. It took a few hours to get somewhat comfortable with...

Eagle and Autocad

One thing I use my DIY CNC machine for is milling PC Boards (it’s technically called “isolation routing”). This is fairly fast, inexpensive, accurate and uses zero nasty chemicals. I’d been using Eagle Schematic & PCB design software. Great...

What’s all this about BreakOut Boards (BOB)

A BreakOut Board – a BOB for short, takes an input, typically from a computer or a ethernet/USB-to-parallel converter and splits up the signals into individual pins. These pins are then wired to individual stepper driver boards.  Most stepper driver boards...

The Art of Remote Troubleshooting

“My X axis stopped working. What’s wrong?” I was in pre-and post-sales technical support professionally for about 20 years of my career. I’ve provided support over-the-phone, in the shop and in the field. I consider myself to be pretty good at...

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