Tonight – Design Your Own Circuit Board!


Starting tonight and running Thursdays January 9th – January 30th from 6 – 8 PM, join us for  Introduction to Schematic Capture and Circuit Board Design with KiCAD.This course will introduce you to KiCAD, a free and open-source design suite for electronic design. KiCAD allows you to enter an electronic schematic into your computer and then use that schematic to design a printed circuit board. We will take you through example designs so you can see the process from one end to the other and be able to go on to design your own circuit boards.

We will discuss how to then get boards fabricated, either doing it yourself or sending out for production. These days, a lot of interesting components are available in surface-mount packages so we will talk about using those as well. They really are not as difficult as they may seem, easier in some ways, any they give you a wider range of possibilities when it comes to designing and fabricating your circuits.

If people are interested, they can have boards fabricated and we’ll have an extra class once the boards arrive to assemble them and, if it applies, to experience surface-mount soldering.

We recommend that you bring a three-button mouse with a scroll-wheel. The kind where the middle button is found by pushing down the scroll-wheel works okay. If you wish to bring your own laptop, that’s great. Install KiCAD 5.1.4 [or version 5.1.5 if it comes out before the class] before you come and remember to load the component and footprint libraries. The 3d libraries are optional as they take a *lot* of disk space. The MakerSpace also has laptops and a few desktop machines you can use as well; bring a thumb drive so you can take your designs home.

You can also bring your own design that you want to make. We’ll work through the examples together but you can branch off and do your own too. Unless you have a solid background in electronics, it’s best not to go too complicated for your first one.

Ages 12 & up. 

Other Upcoming Events

Intro to Arduino

Monday, January 13th, 6 PM

This class is truly designed with the beginner in mind and serves as a great introduction to the world of physical computing! It is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work. We’ll blink some lights, turn some motors, read some sensors and make a little noise. We’ll touch on some very basic programming and prototyping concepts as well!

12 and up. Under 12 are welcome with an adult partner or if they’ve been approved by the instructor.

Class fee includes one REXQualis Arduino UNO R3 Project Basic Starter Kit or a ELEGOO UNO Project Basic Starter Kit to take home after the class to continue making projects!

Beginner Zentangle

Monday, January 13th, 6 – 8 PM

Zentangle® is a simple-to-learn method to create beautiful art by drawing simple patterns. The process is a mindful and meditative art form that some use to enhance creativity, increase focus, or just to relax. In this class, participants will learn philosophy, method, and approach to creating Zentangle art. Students will put pen to paper and learn to tangle beautiful patterns on small square paper tiles. All materials will be provided by the instructor in class. If you can draw a line and very basic shapes, you can create beautiful work! No artistic experience is required, but artists looking to incorporate something new into their practice are welcome.

Ages 12 & up. 

8 – 12 allowed with parent/ guardian accompaniment.

We’ve got even more classes/events on the calendar, so check out the full line up HERE.

Interested in teaching a class at CMS? We recently updated our site with information on how you can share your skills at CMS.

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Happy Makin,’

The Claremont MakerSpace Team