HackSpace Magazine Issue 48: Design Your First PCB – now out @HackSpaceMag @Raspberry_Pi

HackSpace Magazine — Issue 48: Design Your First PCB

When you’ve graduated from breadboards and jumper wires it’s time to tackle electronics the way the pros do it: by making your own PCBs! We’ll take you from beginner to slightly more experienced beginner, with a guide to designing, debugging and manufacturing your own custom electronic creation.

  • Learn the secrets of the guitarist’s favourite electronic component: the vacuum tube
  • Build a MIDI synth out of a Raspberry Pi Pico and an empty camembert box
  • Sew a fabric bag to store essential maker mess
  • PLUS! an exclusive first look at a new add-on for Raspberry Pi that we think you’ll like a lot

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