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Title: Livingnote's PCB Lab
Post by: livingnote on April 06, 2016, 01:38:55 PM
Hey everybody,

I'm Lukas  :)

(http://www.livingnote.com/prodigybilder/weeklygrind/marketing/boardsongrill.jpg)

PCBs sucked me in back when I was about 12, and it kind of stuck. The idea that you can take a working
schematic and  turn it into a professional-grade device just by painting - drawing - was amazing to me. So I
set out to do that and now I make handmade Hispec PCBs for special true-to-vintage or ultra-sturdy builds.
Later then came front panel lasering and etching and I was well underway to designing gear.

Note when I say "designing gear" what I am referring to is the electronics packaging and PCB side of things-
front panels, enclosures, control boards, backplanes...what fits into what how and why. Circuit design is another
animal altogether  :o

Anyway, here are some things I was / am working on, for others and for myself:

Crush N Blend Wet/Dry Control (https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=61934.0)

Kalkyl / SGS FET Compressor (https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=39312)

My Little Beast SSL Compressor (https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=36919.0)

Analogvibes Vari Mu Limiting Amplifier (https://analogvibes.com/)

Give me a holler if you need a PCB for something  :)

(http://www.livingnote.com/prodigybilder/weeklygrind/marketing/candyland.jpg)

(http://www.livingnote.com/prodigybilder/weeklygrind/marketing/rivets.jpg)

Here's the price list:

19ct/cm2 Single Layer, 24ct/cm2 Dual Layer

4-8€ Setup Charge per board (sizes DIN A4 - A3), Single Layer, and 8-16€ Dual Layer

25€ Digital Setup Charge for documents that cannot be directly printed, e.g. converting Eagle or other CAD output
to pictures, or stuff like that in general (resolution issues etc).

Transparencies are retained indefinitely or for 5 years, whichever comes first.

5€ minimum board price.

Immersion Tin 1€/Board Side up to 200cm2, above it's 2€

No Silkscreen, Soldermask or HAL.

(http://www.livingnote.com/prodigybilder/weeklygrind/marketing/riveting.jpg)

Direct manual Photo process, anything black and white can be etched. From JPG to BMP and PDF
there is no old copy of anything you find in a magazine or plan that you can not have made.

Reliable precision down to what in SMD would amount to TQFPs and Minimelfs.

Through plating with mechanical rivets, 20ct/piece.

Also there are on occasion additional charges for specialty cuts.

Quality: Bungard FR4 35µ MIL-grade base material with copper from Aurubis.

(http://www.livingnote.com/prodigybilder/weeklygrind/marketing/matchhead.jpg)


(http://www.livingnote.com/prodigybilder/weeklygrind/2016-2/tomrogers.jpg)


Product-ish stuff by me:

Crush-N-Blend


(http://www.livingnote.com/prodigybilder/cnb/cnb6ready.png)

PCB with Rivets, Both Versions – 24€

Push-Pull on/off pot 2x10k lin (alpha) – 20€ including PCB with header positions for connecting to the CnB.

Postage and Packaging:

Unregistered International:

3.50€ up to 50g
5.40€ up to 500g

Registered International:

7.90€ up to 500g

Yeah, that's about it. If you have any other stupid ideas, let me know.  ;)


(http://www.livingnote.com/prodigybilder/weeklygrind/marketing/lukasmonokel.jpg)


Cheers :)

Lukas
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: rock soderstrom on April 07, 2016, 08:02:16 AM
Like! (The button is gone ;))
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: livingnote on April 07, 2016, 03:02:16 PM
Cheers :)
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: Rochey on April 07, 2016, 05:22:34 PM
Excellent! Welcome home! :)
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: ddt on April 08, 2016, 04:26:47 AM
Good to see you here again!  :)
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: ruffrecords on April 08, 2016, 12:53:02 PM
Cool stuff. Can you work from Gerbers?

Cheers

Ian
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: livingnote on April 09, 2016, 01:09:51 PM
Looking into Gerbv and CAM350 at the moment - does anyone know of any other good software
for converting Gerber to B/W bitmap and the other way round, vector DXF to Gerber?
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: ruffrecords on April 09, 2016, 01:48:42 PM
Looking into Gerbv and CAM350 at the moment - does anyone know of any other good software
for converting Gerber to B/W bitmap and the other way round, vector DXF to Gerber?

I use Gerbv for checking all my layouts before send them of to be fabricated. It can export layers as pdf, png, svg or postscript. Attached is a pdf of the top layer of the latest version of the Classic Solo PCB.

Gerbv runs very well under Linux but I have found the WIndows version to be plagued with nag screens etc.

Cheers

ian
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: livingnote on April 12, 2016, 05:33:13 PM
Ok cool - I see, no drill holes, that of course makes targeting a little harder. Would be good to learn
the various drill formats too to see if they can't be (relatively) easily converted to something vector-ish.

Ultimately for professional use though clawing my way through freeware and stuff is probably not going
to do it long term, but hey I am open for surprises.
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: ruffrecords on April 12, 2016, 06:52:32 PM
Ok cool - I see, no drill holes, that of course makes targeting a little harder. Would be good to learn
the various drill formats too to see if they can't be (relatively) easily converted to something vector-ish.

Ultimately for professional use though clawing my way through freeware and stuff is probably not going
to do it long term, but hey I am open for surprises.

Drill holes are on a separate layer (Gerber file). I just appended that one to show what a typical Gerber exported to pdf  looks like. Drill holes can be shown on the same pdf. The thing about the pdf is it prints actual size.

Cheers

Ian

Edit, I have attached another with drill holes shown.
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: livingnote on April 18, 2016, 08:36:22 AM
Alright, that's good. I guess you can do black and white exports too right?

Gonna see that I get some Linux installed here on a stick or something (god save the IT neighbors),
but even with GerbV here I do prefer PDFs because like you said, if the measurements are bang on
that way then that's one less thing that can screw up (and it saves time too). Guess I would have to
charge some kind of a small Gerber Conversion fee for direct Gerber input.
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: ruffrecords on April 18, 2016, 11:50:04 AM
Alright, that's good. I guess you can do black and white exports too right?

Yes, the colours are selectable in gerbv.

Cheers

Ian
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: helterbelter on April 18, 2016, 01:06:26 PM
Hi Lukas !

Good to see you back here !

 :)
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: livingnote on April 23, 2016, 11:22:17 AM
Taa :)
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: Olegarich on April 24, 2016, 02:55:07 AM
Pcb-s looks amazing!! Keep rockin'!
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: JessJackson on May 19, 2016, 11:38:08 PM
Hi Lukas,

How do we contact you?

Cheers
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: livingnote on May 20, 2016, 12:25:28 PM
You can contact me at diy (squiggly thing) livingnote.com

Or just click on my username on the left and in the drop-down menu, select email.

Please do NOT send me PM's unless you have no other recourse because the inbox fills up way too fast.
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: Hobbyist on May 31, 2016, 03:41:55 AM
Hi guys,

Just want to show my Gssl with the Crush-N-Blend installed.
Thanks Lukas for the help and great work !





Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: hodad on June 06, 2016, 11:31:46 AM
I just got some boards in that Lukas did for me--lovely work.  He worked closely with me to make sure everything would turn out as expected and got the job done quickly.   A great experience start to finish.

Tom
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: livingnote on June 09, 2016, 08:13:41 AM
Thanks everybody :) Hey what kind of trimmers are those? Big long things that look like they go way precise.
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: LewKellogg on June 21, 2016, 05:47:31 PM
Welcome back!
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: livingnote on July 21, 2016, 10:58:24 AM
Hey Lew :) How's it going?

Check this out: Local talent Anna Käse (http://www.annakaese.de/#!/willkommen/), who runs a print shop in my neighborhood, took one of
the PCBs I made and ran it through her printing press:

(http://livingnote.com/prodigybilder/weeklygrind/marketing/annakaesepcb.jpg)
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: Leek on August 27, 2016, 09:22:05 PM
Could you make pcb for the following and look over design to help easy worries that it doesn't work?
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab (Etching/Designing/Basic Assembly)
Post by: livingnote on September 13, 2016, 10:17:14 AM
Hey :)

Sorry for the late reply, I had been checking my mail inbox for DIY messages and not the forum thread itself.

When in doubt, always send a mail to the address that appears when you click on my forum name here in the
thread (livingnote).

Yes, sure I can make a PCB for it, but it would be a design job (and looking over the design itself would also
be design work) - however I can not guarantee that a given circuit will actually do its job as intended - there
are many different designs floating around out there.

Do you have a schematic/source for it and an actual component overlay? Otherwise, it's just the ICs, and
there's no way I can help you unless I know what the components are and how they fit together - even simply
etching something is not readily possible only from this one picture (and looking at those traces I wouldn't
recommend it anyway).

Apart from that - yeah sure, looks like fun.

Cheers,

Lukas
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: Kid Squid on February 10, 2017, 09:11:20 AM
Hi Lukas, I've just emailed you,

Best,
Steve
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: TubeMonkey on May 09, 2017, 05:34:27 PM
Hey everybody,
 
I'm back  ;)

Lukas

Hey Lukas! Your inbox is full....   Are the Crush n Blend pcbs still available? Would you be willing to ship to the US?  Thanks in advance!

EB
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: RuudNL on May 10, 2017, 07:52:26 AM
Hey what kind of trimmers are those? Big long things that look like they go way precise.

Looks like they are channel preset potentiometers from a TV tuner!
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: Hobbyist on June 22, 2017, 04:25:00 AM
Looks like they are channel preset potentiometers from a TV tuner!

That's right, got it from my fathers backup stock. he repaired a lot of electronics back in the 80's and 90's.
Remember he told me these trimmers were from a VHS-player. They are fun to use, but not super precise

ps: sorry for the late response Lukas :)
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: ilfungo on July 12, 2017, 07:29:54 AM
Hi livingnote
I've tried to PM you but your box is full.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: mattmartin831 on September 07, 2017, 06:15:57 PM
Are you able to create a pcb based on a .lay circuit layout file?
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: livingnote on September 18, 2017, 06:09:29 AM
What kind of software is that?
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: dagoose on October 14, 2017, 05:14:58 AM
Hey Lukas,

looks like your inbox is full :)

Good to see your back, even though it seems  like you where back for quite some time already :)
I was wondering if still have Crush-N-Blend boards available and how much they are for 1 board (shipping to the netherlands).
I'm building a new mastering console and I was think of adding a wet/dry option to one of the inserts.
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: Potato Cakes on October 18, 2017, 11:56:58 AM
Email sent regarding etching for original Opto Grinder.

Thanks!

Paul
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: audiophreak on January 03, 2018, 06:48:13 PM
Hi Lukas ,
                     Glad to see you are back doing this, you made a few PCBs for me a long time ago.  I was wondering if you can make PCBs from PDFs - Kingston's Drive One - here - https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=41509.0
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: TubeMonkey on January 17, 2018, 04:36:04 PM
Hi Lucas,

Still trying to get in touching regarding ordering a few Crush N Blend pcb's. Please direct message me!

Thanks!

EB
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: thomasdf on March 20, 2018, 06:10:39 PM
Hello

Is the Crush n Blend a general dry wet mixing board, or does it only work with the GSSL or such?
Can I use it do add a single mono dry/wet feature to any design?
If yes, I am in for a board or even maybe kit if you have such an offer

Thanks

Thomas
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab - Etching / Design
Post by: thomasdf on April 08, 2018, 04:10:24 PM
Hello

Is the Crush n Blend a general dry wet mixing board, or does it only work with the GSSL or such?
Can I use it do add a single mono dry/wet feature to any design?
If yes, I am in for a board or even maybe kit if you have such an offer

Thanks

Thomas
Title: Re: Lukas' PCB Lab
Post by: jcgriggs on February 13, 2019, 09:54:25 AM
I would like to purchase a Crush 'n' Blend PCB to use with a Serpent Audio SB4000 that I will be building.  Are they still available?

Regards,
   John Griggs
Title: Re: Livingnote's PCB Lab
Post by: groselicain on September 25, 2019, 12:49:00 AM
Hey Lukas, emailed you about a potential PCB order. Thanks!
Title: Re: Livingnote's PCB Lab
Post by: andre tchmil on October 18, 2019, 07:52:31 PM
Can you explain what the crush'n'blend actually does ?
It seems to me that it is just  a simple crossfader circuit or do I see it wrong ?

Title: Re: Livingnote's PCB Lab
Post by: Potato Cakes on October 19, 2019, 10:24:05 AM
Can you explain what the crush'n'blend actually does ?
It seems to me that it is just  a simple crossfader circuit or do I see it wrong ?

It's for mixing two separate audio sources to one, i.e. wet/dry blend of compressed and noncompressed program material.

Thanks!

Paul