This year at the Seattle and Portland Mini Maker Faires I did a presentation on getting started with designing your own PCB using KiCAD. In this presentation as an example I created a pumpkin shaped PCB with a candle like flickering LED.
Here are the KiCAD schematic and PCB layout files to use as the starting point for your own project:
KiCAD schematic and PCB files (zip file)
These files are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
You can see photos of the actual PCB on Flickr:
Great Pumpkin PCB photos
The Pumpkin PCB is now also available as a kit:
Low Voltage Labs Pumpkin PCB kit
We’ve decide to update the license on the VideoOverlayShield product. Previously it was licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike, which says you can copy and remix the product but not for commercial purposes.
We have decided that this is no longer necessary and have changed the license of the VideoOverlayShield to the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. This allows the copy and remix of the product even for commercial purposes. This also puts the product more in line with the values of the Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Definition.
I have been working on a few different shield boards for the Arduino platform. In an attempt to make life easier for myself I created a couple starter files for my future projects. The zip file below includes a schematic and PCB file in gEDA format. The board has the four headers and mounting holes for an Arduino shield board. I’ve decided to release the files into the wild for anyone to use.
These files are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Low Voltage Labs will soon be releasing it’s first open source design hardware project, the VideoOverlayShield for the Arduino platform.
Low Voltage Labs is looking for open source hardware project ideas and would like your input. Do you have an idea for an Arduino shield board or an electronics project that could be used in the classroom? Send us your ideas at the contact page or leave a comment below.
Be sure to check back and see what projects Low Voltage Labs creates next.