This week was entirely about learning about how electronics work. There's a lot for me to learn about the different components and electricity in general for me. After another excellent recitation, I had a basic idea of how this particular circuit works and how to design in in Eagle.
After dropping all of the components on the board, then it's just a fun puzzle of how to configure everything so it fits together. After a bunch of routing and twisting and turning, I came up with a trace that would work. (Tip: squeezing under resistors helps fit everything together without adding extra jumpers)
Everything is pretty smooth once the milling machine works. Just load the fabmodules and everything gets cut out.
I pressed send and 12 minutes later I had a printed circuit board ready for stuffing.
The video is actually of the first board I cut which had a few things off in the design.
I soldered on the components pretty smoothly. The only kink was there were not any 6-in connectors left, but there were a 4-pin piece and 2-pin piece so I just soldered them on together.
I didn't have time to test the board, but that will be happening in a few weeks! Thankfully this week wasn't as intense as last week as it's been busy. But so far really enjoying this class and very thankful for the awesome TAs who help out each week.