Circuit Board Articles

How To : Prep a thermocouple for a printed circuit board

How to prepare a thermocouple for attachment to a printed circuit board (PCB) for profiling a reflow or wave soldering system. This is advanced PCB circuitry and you need to watch all videos in the series to understand all the steps of wiring a printed circuit board entails. P ...more

How To : Etch a printed circuit board using toner transfer

Making a PCB is very simple; it does not consume a lot of time and the results look professional. After watching this step-by-step how-to video, you will be able to make your own PCB in your workshop using just a few inexpensive materials. Many people use protoboard and point ...more

How To : Make a picture frame from a recycled circuit board

Check out this DIY video tutorial from Curbly, the best place to share pictures of your home, find design ideas, and get expert home-improvement advice. If you have some junk piles of techno goodies, things you have no idea what to do with, like microchips, LEDs, switches, or ...more

How To : Etch a printed circuit board with acid

Systm is the Do-It-Yourself show designed for the common geek who wants to quickly and easily learn how to dive into the latest and hottest tech projects. They will help you avoid pitfalls and get your project up and running fast. In this DIY episode, see how to etch a printed ...more

News : Circuit Board Tighty Whiteys

Ecouterre posts seven upcycled circuit board fashion accessories, many of which were part of a group show to help raise awareness about e-waste and overconsumption. (Upcycling: the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of bet ...more

How To : Cut a circuit board

Sometimes there is a part of a circuit that you need but it's on a huge circuit board. This is one technique to cut it out. Take out the PCB part that is necessary. This is a great DIY electronics technique.

How To : Repair a cracked or broken circuit board

Step by step guide to repairing circuit boards Yes, I know, my hands are shaky. I didn't say it in the video, but the epoxy doesn't have to be Super Glue brand. There are several different brands of 2 part plastic bonder epoxy. Any of them will do. Of course make sure the pow ...more

How To : DIY Pedal-Powered Phone Charger for Your Bike

Being healthy and active will help you live longer, but finding the strength to work out? That's hard. What does it do for me right now? I mean, here I sit, writing this article, thinking about going for a run, and I feel good just for thinking about running. But will I do it? ...more

How To : Some Terms a Hacker Must Know...

Welcome back Hackers\Newbies! Hey guys first of all I would like to explain my absence here in NullByte. I got a little "occupied" with "other things". When I got back, I saw all these HowTo's, articles, Help Questions, I decided, I need to share more of what I have, to you g ...more

How To : How A Computer Works

Many folks seem to treat their computers as a sort of mysterious alien technology that only the shamans of the IT Department can comprehend. You might have gotten it into your head that you're just not good at computers and will never understand them. On the contrary, getting ...more

HowTo : Read Your Own Mind

The days of trundling hoops, hopscotch and painted wooden rocking horses are long since past. The latest trend in toys? Biofeedback. Electroencephalography. A decade into the 21st century, the toy market is awash in products that incorporate functional neural sensors. One suc ...more

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/09 - 05/15)

WonderHowTo is a how-to website made up of niche communities called Worlds, with topics ranging from Minecraft to science experiments to Scrabble and everything in-between. Check in every Wednesday evening for a roundup of user-run activities and how-to projects from the most ...more

How To : Etch your own circuitboards

A step-by-step how-to video from grooveshark.com explaining how to make your own circuit board or PCB. It's a simple, but long process for copper etching a printed circuit board, so pay attention and pause when needed. You'll need tinsnips, laser printer, copper clad board, g ...more

How To : Make a wallet from a computer keyboard

Don't throw away that old keyboard! You can make a sweet wallet with the circuit sheets inside! Inspired by this Instructables project. Hack together your own cool wallet with this mod video. You Will Need * A desktop computer keyboard, preferably a PC * A screwdriver * A rul ...more

How To : Modify a solar yard light into electronic crickets

Create a nighttime chorus of insect sounds by modifying a solar yard light! You'll need some components, and the circuit board is not for the timid. It's pretty complicated with resistors, capacitors, thermistors, amplifiers, and some transformers. If you can manage all of thi ...more

How To : Place a J-leaded component on a PLCC with solder

In this two-part soldering tip video brought to you by BEST, Inc. Norman Mier demonstrates the placing of a J-leaded component on a PLCC circuit board using lead-free solder. Part 1 of 2 - How to Place a J-leaded component on a PLCC with solder. Part 2 of 2 - How to Place a J ...more

How To : Build a blubberbot

This video is a quick overview of the construction of a Blubberbot, an artificial "life form" that uses electronic sensors to seek out lights, sound, or cell phone signals. Blubberbots are typically sold with instructions, which should be used for detailed instructions. But i ...more

How To : Make an evasive beeping thing

This video shows you how to make a prank toy called "The Evasive Beeping Thing." You will need: a 555 timer, a couple of 3904 transistors, a couple of capacitors, some resistors, a 9-volt battery clip, a small speaker, and a small piece of circuit board to settle everything. F ...more

How To : Create a PCB with the toner transfer method

Need to make a PCB quick? Well, this video tutorial will show you how to create a PCB with the toner transfer method using photo laser paper. This is an "easy and cheap" way to build PCB (printed circuit board) using the toner transfer method. With many papers tried, photo la ...more

How To : Circuit bend a plastic toy

In this how-to video, you will learn how to perform basic circuit bending. You will need a screw driver, alligator clips, solder, a soldering iron, wires, a wire stripper, a button or switch, and a drill. Open up the device you want to circuit bend. Once the side of the board ...more

How To : Build a personal weather machine

Plug this baby into your FiOS-powered computer and simulate the real-time climate of any location in the country -- rain, lightning, fog, sunshine. Get creative -- got any new weather effects you've figured out how to add to your Personal Weather Machine? We'd love to hear ab ...more

How To : Make Arduino circuit boards for robotics

This week on Make Magazine is a project with parts from the Arduino Starter Kit. Skip over building the Proto Shield. Otherwise, it's a simple build that doesn't require any soldering. Arduino is a speaking control for robotics. It can be used in other Make kits or robotic pro ...more

How To : Build your own circuit boards for guitar effects

This video tutorial will tell you how to make your own circuit boards for guitar effects. There are hundreds of great gadgets out there and a lot of the good ones don't come in a ready-to-build kit, so this video teaches you how to make your own circuit board. This method uses ...more

How To : Get a Lot More Use Out of Printer Ink Cartridges

This video reveals to us about the secret of ink cartridges. It is a very common problem faced by those people with ink printers that run out of ink, but this video shows us that even though it signals that we are running out of ink, do not throw the ink cartridge into the was ...more

How To : Build a spy clock

HouseholdHacker teaches you how to make a spy clock. You will need a cheap walkie talkie set and a battery powered clock. Fully disconnect the circuit board and cut the battery off from the walkie talkie. Also clip the microphone. You will want to glue the on/off button so it ...more

How To : Pot mod a green laser

Put the newspaper down on a work surface. Pick up the 5 MW green laser pen and unscrew the battery cap. Remove the batteries and put them and the battery cap aside. Hold the back of the laser pen with your left hand and the front of the laser pen with your right hand. Twist ...more

How To : Build a prop hover board

Ever since Back to the Future Part Two, every kid has wanted their own hover board. Parker put together this tutorial to show how to get one step closer to the dream, by building a prop hover board. You will need a plastic lid, spray paint, hot glue, a small circuit board, Mod ...more

How To : Construct a "rumble mouse"

This video demonstrates a project taken from "Make" magazine. Viewers will learn how to modify an ordinary computer mouse with a vibration unit for use with PC games, similar to the rumble controllers sold for video-game consoles, to make gaming more fun. Step by step, the vi ...more

How To : Circuit bend a toy piano

How to circuit bend a 80's Radio Shack toy synthesizer. Open up any device and play around with the internal audio devices. Circuit bending is done on mostly old cheap toys. This is a circuit bend demonstration on a toy piano. Get out your soldering iron and rip open toys. Thi ...more

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