Jun 04, 2017 Filed in: Electronics | VFD | PCBs
In order to start prototyping with my new VFDs
, I need to make some breakout boards for them. Experience
tells me that there's no easy way to jam them into a breadboard. I jumped into EAGLE and got started by making a library for them.
First up was the ILC1-1/8L…
…followed by the ILT1-5 L.
Easy enough. I then dropped the parts into a schematic and connected them to a header. I then routed the traces and framed out the PCB to make it as small as possible. I thought about making the PCB as large as the tube and incorporating some mounting holes in the top and the bottom, but that would have cost over $100. I decided to make the boards as small as possible. Even at this size, it'll cost $52 bucks to have six made.
I'll just have to 3D-print some kind of frame to mount them all; similar to what I did with my Large 7-Segment Clock
and LCD Clock
For the ILT1-5 L, it was the opposite. There was no way to make the board any smaller due to the width of the 8-pin header.
I then printed them out and made sure that everything lined up OK. They're perfect.
Here's the OSH Park renders. They should do the trick. I hope so, I dropped $70 bucks on having them made.
About two weeks later, I had my boards.
A perfect fit!See this project from start to finish:
VFD Breakouts Large VFD Clock - Part I VFD AC Filament Driver Large VFD Clock - Part II