October 24, 2012

Create your own custom Arduino shield in ten minutes

 Although making your own circuits and redesigning them to fit into Arduino shields is simple and fun, there will finally come a time when you need to consider making your own shields. And frankly, that's one of the great things about the Arduino platform - you can do it yourself. In doing so you would have to learn one of the PCB design tools and after a few nights lay down what is hopefully the correct layout. However things may change, as there is a new web-based service called circuits.io - an online PCB design tool which allows you to export the gerbers and design files to send off to a PCB factory. One of the founders Karel has created a video demonstrating how to design your own shield, including creating your own part footprints - in the following video:

And there you have it - a process that was once almost out of reach is available to everyone. For more information about circuits.io, click here. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

Although designing your own PCB is fun, if your circuit is easily made up consider building the circuit on a ProtoShield - it makes your project all the more professional, and easier to enclose. We have a range of shieldsincluding basic PCBsshort versions and our ProtoShield Pro with SMD LEDs:

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