Frantone on DIY Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing #makerbusinessmonday #makerbusiness
Here’s how Fran makes all of the Frantone PCBs for her products!
Every printed circuit board that ever went into a Frantone product after 1999 was hand made by myself. That is a lot of circuit boards! There are so many tutorials about how to make “do it yourself” PCB’s, and any of them might be fine for prototyping a simple design or one off board, but imagine how hard it would be to mass manufacture dozens of different PCB designs to the tightest possible tolerances for an entire product line for a decade, all by hand? Well, so far as I am aware, I am the only one in the boutique effects world crazy enough to have tried it – and really done it. And this is how….
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