From n00b to Etching an Arduino Shield

First things first, a picture demonstrating success.

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And a video!

Next, a link to the resources I needed http://www.ragingcomputer.com/2012/04/arduino-shield-etching-thoughts

After that, pictures. Lots of pictures.

After much cussing at Eagle for having a learning curve, I think I’ve finally settled on a design.

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I want the traces on the bottom of the board, closer to the arduino. I was careful to route the traces and connections around the ICSP header.

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After some futzing, I got it printed.

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And my first 2 attempts were failures. The PCB on the left didn’t completely transfer. The one on the right smudged and smeared.

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The third attempt wasn’t fantastic either, but it looks like it’ll at least function. I’ll take it.

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And into the Ferric Chloride.

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It looks a lot like it did when it went in, but with less copper.

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A quick clean and it looks like something I can use.

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I know the mask is overkill, but it’s the only mask I’ve ever used that fit comfortably. Also note how I’m using these, safety glasses. ¬†Also, why have I not bought a dremel drill press before? I think I’m in love already.

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I must have been having fun, I sure made a mess of my work bench.

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And here she is, all soldered up with pin headers, jumper wires, and a potentiometer.

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Next I put connectors on everything I had on the breadboard. The final picture is the one at the top of the post. The software is very rough, but it’s a start.

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