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#12 - I really need to learn how to design PCBs

A project log for Game-o-Tron Mini

A roughly credit card sized gaming handheld

David BoucherDavid Boucher 10/02/2017 at 19:291 Comment

This log is just a quick progress update. I've printed a cut down version of the case front as an assembly aid and started connecting things up. There is still plenty to do but the screen works now:


Here is what it looks like from the back:

The buttons and amp are still to be connected but it's getting there. You might be thinking that designing a custom PCB for this instead of using all those wires would have made things easier and you are probably correct. It is a skill that I need to learn. Maybe if there is a version 2 it will have a custom PCB.

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deʃhipu wrote 10/02/2017 at 22:53 point

There is absolutely nothing special about designing PCBs — just pick the program you want, watch a tutorial and start creating! You can still use all those ready modules you are using — and gradually move towards using your own components.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with protoboards and wires, and I think your design is actually quite tidy.

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