I’m a software engineer who has worked in the hardware world for a year. Mainly programming controllers/building integrations to systems etc…
I’ve seen how knowing hardware design can make some projects a lot simpler/cooler/compact. That made me look at different PCB design programs and tutorials online. I found the Hackaday article about Getting to Blinky.
I completed that, but it does take a while for OSHPark to deliver to Europe, so I might need to find a European PCB producer that has good pricing. If anyone has recommendations, I’m all ears.
I’ve got the board. I haven’t ordered the parts yet, but they are delivered in a day usually. I do have the cart filled already.
Not too worried about the soldering bit. My hand-soldering is ok and i’m thinking of trying to use solder paste and a SMD rework station for this. Should be a perfect little test.
Personal Project goal
My first own project is a LED headlamp hook-up board for a motorcycle. Something that will allow me to dim the lights to use as DRL when needed and shut them down if an indicator turns on. But it’ll take a while before I’m ready to start with that. For now, i’ll solder up GTB and start with the CE header.