Now that we have designed a PCB, the next step is to have the PCB made for us. Although it is possible to etch your own fairly crude PCBs, the cost involved is probably higher than having the boards made by an Internet service.

Internet services are also available that take the step beyond simply making the bare PCBs and include actually soldering the components onto it. This chapter will also tell you how to put your own components onto the PCB, for both through-hole designs and surface-mount projects.

Checking the Design

As my patient woodwork teacher at school would say in response to yet another pig’s ear of a dovetail ...

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