Raspberry cape


#1

Just discovered this site today. But it looks promising for designing custom boards using HTML5.

http://www.circuits.io/circuits

Was thinking I might try to use it to build the expansion board for the Raspberry Pi. Even comes with pre-designed templates for the Pi.


#2

Looks nice!

i found this: http://wyolum.com/projects/alamode/ This board wouldnt need much hacking to get basic functions equal as the cape for Beaglebone.

i thought to go trough the cape schematic and this to check how much hacking thats needed, it does not look to be that much.

But functions as the 6-40V to 5V/12V conversion must be done externaly. there are some ok finished circuits that can give us this functions.


#3

Cool. Looks good.

Other thing I liked about circuits.io was the ability to fork a design and also drop in someone else's pre-designed modules, e.g. 12V>5V line regulator.

Strange, however, that you have to order in 3s.


#4

the minimum amout is probably because of the amount of work to start production, so probably most of the cost is startup-cost.

i see that they offer gerber output, then you could use itead studio that many use on the arduino forum to get the boards produced:

http://store.iteadstudio.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=19_20

I myself have a licence on a pro pcb software, so for me a cheap pcb manufacturer is the main thing.

at work i use www.elprint.com with their macaos software and put the gerbers myself into the system, get prices on amount/delivery time in realtime.

The quality is very good, but it cost quite a bit, compared to iteadstudio and sites like that.

for high volumes elprint is very cheap. And when they had factory here in Bergen i could get cards produced in 6hours :-P