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….
Each week on the Adafruit blog we post up about amazing companies, people and articles about being a MAKER and a business. Over the years we’ve shared how we run Adafruit, published code from our shopping cart system and given presentations on running an open-source hardware company. Every Monday we’re going to try to collect some of these resources and tag them #makerbusinessmonday & #makerbusiness they’re in our popular Maker Business category as well, enjoy!
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.