PCB Maker gift guide – AN ADAFRUIT ELECTRONICS GIFT GUIDE
Is there a special person in your life that likes (or wants) to make PCBs? Making your own printed circuit boards is a gift that keeps on giving. We’re thrilled to have the first ever PCB maker gift guide, enjoy! We are not affiliated with any of the links/companies, feel free to search around for the best deals and highest quality.
Drill bit set. You’ll need these for drilling vias and holes.
Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Work Station. Ideal for crafts, hobbies, metal working, and a variety of around-the-house jobs, the 220-01 Dremel Work Station transforms any Dremel rotary tool into a tabletop drill press. It can be bolted on to your workbench, and it has the versatility to operate as a tool holder, flex shaft holder, and drill press.
Dremel 300-1/24 300 Series Variable-Speed Rotary Tool Kit. Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer or anyone who is new to rotary tools, the Dremel 300-1/24 Variable-Speed Rotary Kit helps you complete a wide range of household, fine art, and repair projects. The rotary tool itself features an updated design for optimum comfort and control, as well as variable-speed control that allows you to set the speed of the tool to match specific accessories or tasks. The versatile rotary tool comes with a case, 24 accessories, and a circle cutter attachment–so you’re ready to tackle whatever project you dream up next.
Press & Peel – some people like to use magazines or other glossy paper. We kinda just like press-n-peel blue. Others like Pulsar.
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I’d add “GBC212 laminator”. I get pretty good results with that. If I could slow down the motor a bit, it would be perfect.
I like using longer tin snips, but then, I’m working with 6″x11″ FR4 I bought off ebay for $0.50 a sheet.
A Lumenlabs m2 mill will do pretty good PCBs, and will cut out the board dimension to boot! 🙂
How about gift certificates to the DorkbotPDX PCB Order for when you want to do 2 layer boards? 😉
Wondering if anyone has any experience using the Dremel tool press for PCB drilling? I’ve heard the tolerances can be a bit sloppy causing for lots of broken drill bits. Do like the guide though, may have to do some early xmas shopping for myself 🙂
I’d like to add that Paterson makes the best plastic trays, in my opinion. Much sturdier than other brands, and more resistant to staining.
Jobo trays and Paterson trays are identical – but Jobo cost twice as much. Apparently because they’re German or something.
I’m referring to photo developing trays, BTW.
Yeah, I have the Dremel drill press stand. It’s better than trying to drill by hand, but still very hard to get the center of the pad. Broken bits are less of a problem if you run the dremel at top speed.
@Laen – Thanks for the input. Been wanting to get into DIY PCBs and might give it a shot before going out and spending money on a real press.