Make a PCB from scratch using EasyEDA // Part 2 // Tutorial

This is the second part of my video on building a simple PCB using EasyEDA. In this video we’ll be taking a look at how to use a solder stencil, placing SMD components, soldering using kitchen equipment and how to fix up your mistakes.

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Intro

If you watched Part 1 of this video you would have seen me design a simple PCB using EasyEDA. This board I’ll soon be selling on Tindie. So unlike my mmBoard, which was a total April Fool’s joke, this one is for real.Building boards by hand is a very time consuming task. If you have more than 4 boards to make and have access to a Pick & Place machine, then that way will be a lot faster.However, since I’m only building four boards, it’s faster to do it by hand.

So, the package arrived pretty quickly. In fact I placed the order on a Friday and the package arrived on Monday afternoon. Of course, EasyEDA knew who I was but my take on it is; if they can do it once they can do it again.

I didn’t find any issues at all with the PCBs and was pretty impressed with the accuracy of the silk screen printing. If you check out EEVBlog forums they say pretty much the same thing.With this batch of PCBs, I ordered 10x panelized PCBs.

Paneling is a way of getting more for the same cost. The reason for this is, you will pay the same cost for any board size up to 100mm by 100mm. So if your board is say 40mm by 40mm, then placing 4 boards within that area won’t cost you any more.It also makes Pick & Place a lot quicker as you would be building 4 boards at once. EasyEDA offer a free paneling service, so you just select the layout and you’re good to go.

I also ordered a stencil. This costs extra, but as you’ll see in this video, if you’re doing a number of boards you really can’t do without it.So, let’s get stuck into building the boards by hand.