Circuit Classics

Exquisite printed circuit boards that bring to life Forrest Mims' vintage designs from "Getting Started in Electronics."

Aug 09, 2016

Project update 14 of 20

Manufacturing Update

Good news! Bay Area Circuits shipped new blue board colors. My design target was somewhere between sky blue and blueprint blue — I’m happy with how this looks. Feast your eyes:

Additionally, I was a bit worried about the state of the wood stand manufacturer previously. They managed to ship me out a sample, which is the item shown in the above image. It’s all getting so close to final/final! Here’s another shot of the new stand:

Otherwise, a shipment of custom-made alligator clips (18kg of!!) made it from Shenzhen to Crowd Supply’s warehouse. In the words of the Crowd Supply folks, that’s enough for a very pinchy alligator clip ballpit.

Beyond this, there has been much progress made on the documentation and instructions front. I’ve partnered with Alex Hornstein (of who is helping me get some cartoon explanations of how each circuit works put together, for a card that will be included on the board. This is particularly exciting to me because Alex is one of the best people I know at the combination of 1) analogies that explain how electronics work and 2) storytelling and cartoon-making. If I recall, Alex’s MIT undergraduate thesis was even completed in cartoon form. Alex is partnering with another artist in this case who is working on the drawings currently — I’ll share proofs as they become available.

The reason for doing this is because I feel that it’s important to have a handy explainer available in the kits. Forrest’s books and works are inimitable, and in the books, any of each of the circuits I am illuminating here is well-explained in the context of the journey of reading the book, or possible to understand through it. However, if someone is coming across the circuit without access to a copy somehow, I feel it’s important to provide some, at least minimal, step-up point to being able to "get" what’s going on. All in, I’m incredibly glad for Alex’s help here and looking forward to the results.

Stay tuned for more - it’s coming up on deadline/volume ordering time!

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