PCB is done, and search for a fab house

A project log for GPS Receiver for Nikon D3100 Cameras

An inexpensive and more accurate GPS receiver accessory for Nikon D3100 (and compatible) cameras.

Kevin 05/03/2016 at 03:450 Comments

I have made adjustments to the footprint of the LED and the pushbutton. The updated footprints match up with the 3D models of the parts. With these last changes the work on the PCB design is done and the board is ready to be sent to a fab house.

I have previously used OSHPark to make a PCB of mine and I wanted to use them again to make the board for this project. My board design has some plated through slots. I learned that OSHPark can't make boards that have plated through slots so I had to search for a different fab house. I settled on Elecrow. I had sent them an email asking if they can handle plated through slots and they said they can. I sent them the gerber files this past Friday and received a reply today that the boards have been put in to production.

While I am waiting for the boards to arrive I can concentrate on the software needed for this project. The first version of the software will not include configuration options and some additional features I have planned. After the basic software is done I will work on the design of the enclosure. I have had most of the enclosure design in my head for some time. I just need to sit down and create the 3D model in Rhinoceros 3D. I know someone who has a 3D printer that can help me create the prototypes of the enclosure.