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KFETS Part 3: Prototyping 1

The stages between research and a final product can take a long time, with many iterations and prototypes in between. 

After obtaining all the parts, I connected everything with jumper wires and a breadboard for PCB-mount components.

After I was satisfied with how everything was working, I realized that I needed to make circuit boards to mount buzzers (responsive to shorts) and to mount the parts that run the meters. So, I learned how to make boards:

The first method I learned was acid-resist PCBs, which is how the two above were made.

EngX 2018

On February 24, 2018, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Armani Labs are holding their annual EngX event in the Epstein Family Plaza at the university. Presenters include USC students along with JPL and USC’s Insitute for Creative TechnologiesFor more information, visit the EngX website here.

Making Basic Packages in EasyEDA

While making the KFETS, I used the free EDA (Electric Design Automation) software EasyEDA in order to lay out my schematics and circuit boards. Recently, I encountered an issue which I thought could be best resolved by making my own part. It took a little while for me to figure out how to do this, and in the end I figured out that I had to make a basic “package” including a schematic (Schematic Lib) linked to the pad layout for a circuit board (PCB Lib). I recorded the video below to explain how to create these packages.

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