Bright Light Controller: Logic Level Bring Up

I’ve finally gotten around to assembling my first prototype.  I’ve had the board and components in my hands for a couple weeks, but have been kept pretty busy with schoolwork and senior design.  This post documents the process I took bringing up the board.

BLC Completed Logic Section

 

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Bright Light Controller Board Layout

I’ve completed the layout of my previously designed schematic.  I’ve over-sized the board by a good bit so I can get a feel for the component sizes and the ease of soldering them to the board.  Below is a 3D Rendering of what the completed board should look like.

Bright Light Rev 0 3D View

 

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Bright Light Controller Schematic

I have recently stumbled upon a service called BatchPCB which offers cheap single run PCB prototyping.  I’ve decided to give them a try since it seems safe for someone whose never designed a board from scratch.  After some digging it seems like going to their supplier, Gold Pheonix, would work out cheaper if you’re looking at a design that’s larger than 35 inch^2.  This requires a minimum order  though, so for now I’m going to give BatchPCB a shot.  I’m going to convert one of my old wire-wrap designs, a light controller, to test out this service and practice PCB design.

 

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