Jeff hopes to create his own PCBs, but Robbie prefers prototype boards ... for now.

  • From Category5 Technology TV S14E02
  • October 21, 2020

While Robbie's approach to maker tech is to start cheap and expand his kit as his skills grow, Jeff wants to hit the ground running, diving right into PCB creation. Robbie has designed and created simple circuits which he's soldered onto blank PCBs, but Jeff has got his sights on the laser printer method as a starting point.

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Beginner Soldering Kit

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