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Hit by a Key Element Scarcity, PrintNanny’s Leigh Johnson Learns PCB Design and Fabrication



Leigh Johnson and Jason Zaman, creators of the PrintNanny machine studying system for routinely detecting 3D print failures, discovered an essential piece of the {hardware} stack hit by part shortages — so realized find out how to make a alternative.

“I desperately wanted a Tizen SDWire board to automate smoke checks for PrintNanny OS, a Linux distribution I created to handle 3D printers utilizing a Raspberry Pi,” Johnson explains. “The SDWire board would enable me to re-image the Raspberry Pi’s SD card (with out bodily eradicating the SD card from the Pi). Sadly, SDWire boards had been utterly sold-out. All over the place! I used to be prepared to pay an enormous markup for only one of those gosh-darn boards … however nobody may promote me one.”

It is a widespread story in today of ongoing provide chain points, and sometimes means shifting to an alternate gadget — however Johnson opted for a distinct method, taking the open supply SDWire design and studying find out how to recreate it utilizing out there elements. “The SDWire PCB design is open supply, so certainly some enterprising people would step up and meet the market demand,” Johnson explains. “Properly, it seems these enterprising people are me and my companion, Jason Zaman.

“A number of years in the past, it might’ve been easy to breed an open supply PCB design by sending the board’s Gerber recordsdata (a sort of layered export) on to a producer like JLPCB. In at the moment’s panorama of constrained electronics provide, even primary elements in PCB designs are unavailable. For instance, the unique SDWire design makes use of a 2kB EEPROM reminiscence chip. Texas Devices elements are extra available within the present United States market than imported equivalents. Nonetheless, Texas Devices will not be manufacturing 2kB EEPROM and imported 2kB inventory is restricted.”

Leaning on Zaman’s expertise as {an electrical} engineering and pc science main, Johnson used KiCad to switch the SDWire design to just accept the differing footprints of TI’s equal and extra readily-available elements — which, coupled with some software program adjustments, offered a suitable different to the unique Tizen SDWire. “I had by no means fab’d a PCB earlier than,” says Johnson, “so I wanted plenty of assist to get this far!”

Johnson and Zaman are accepting pre-orders for the PrintNanny SDWire at $89 plus delivery and dealing with, with design recordsdata and supply code printed to GitHub underneath the permissive Apache 2.0 license for individuals who want to make their very own. Johnson can be planning to host an “ask {the electrical} engineer” Q&A on the Bitsy.ai web site.

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