About: There may come a time when you create an awesome Arduino project and want to make it permanent. Sure you can leave it on your breadboard but you will have to be careful not to touch any of the wires or drop your board or unplug any of the connections. I will show you how quickly you can design and make your own custom printed circuit boards (PCB’s). The process is easy and any one can do it. Making your own printed circuit board will make your project permanent and more durable. This does not only pertain to Arduino projects. Any project you design on your breadboard can be transformed onto a PCB. I will be showing you how to make a single sided PCB in my demonstration but you can easily make a double sides board if you line up everything correctly.
Objective: To make a custom printed circuit board at home and making our Arduino projects permanent and durable
- ATMega168/ATMega328 (Your Arduino Microcontroller)
- Laser Toner Printer – (Usually found in an office. You can buy a cheap one here)
- Laser Printer Paper – You want a decent glossy finish
- Copper PCB Boards
- Ferric Chlorite – PCB Copper Etcher
- Drill Press and Bits
Instructions: You’ll first need to design or download a schematic and design it to fit your PCB board. I use Fritzing. It’s a little outdated and I am not even sure if it is being worked on anymore but it is super easy to use and is designed to be used by hobbyists and Arduino’s. Below is what my PCB design will look like.