So the goal was set. To create a PCB capable of creating such an ambitious idea. Of course it’s feasible, to some degree, but at what cost?
I mulled idea after idea over with Yiancar and IcC was the best option, with a passthrough system for “outer” modules, and controllers on the “inner” modules.
We were able to quickly design a 60% PCB that could be connected and disconnected easily, much like a Let’s Split kit. I wanted to keep the customisation so we added TRRS jacks so you could use the 2 halves at any angle desired.
We went through a couple iterations of the PCB designs, as well as wondering what type of connectors to use. The cheapest and easiest option was pogo pins. This will hopefully change in the future but it was something that helped us bring the idea to fruiton a lot quicker.
Taking the dimensions of the PCB i was able to make a quick rendition of a slim sandwich style case, which helped me figure out how I wanted this project to be. I decided to move to Fusion 360 and 3dhubs to create the 3d printed parts. Yiancar designed and then placed the parts for the PCB’s and we have working PCB parts within a month or so.
I felt like I had a good grasp of where this project was heading and was able to design in the magnets that were used in the previous 3d print.
It made it pretty clear to me that this was something that could easily be the perfect solution for so many different applications and I wanted to make sure that idea transitioned between designs. I hoped that design limitations wouldn’t encroach on that and so far I was able to keep that idea alive. Yiancar made this project possible.
TIME SPENT: 8 HOURS
MONEY SPENT £80
3DHubs 3D Print (Blue) – £25
3DHubs 3D Print (Red)– £25
3DHubs 3D Print (White)- £15
OMO Magnets – £5
Switches – £10 (Stock)