set out to mill one PCB. Spent five hours on that then gave up because the damn pcb stock was just too distorted and nonplanar.
Found and fixed a very tricky problem on my oled display board using the hardest SMD rework I have done to date. Was very happy, proud and excited to see the panel in the case, so I made a small adjustment to the display location on the board and somehow managed to break my (only) display in the process.
@s_ol Bummer, that sounds frustrating. =(
I’m curious though. What’s your process for milling PCBs? That’s something I’ve been wanting to learn how to do.
I design in KiCAD, then plot as DXF. Tried a bunch of different CAM tools:
- mods ("fabmodules", this one takes PNGs not vector): ok for simple stuff but hard to control details on bigger jobs
- Fusion: cant update DXF once imported, chokes on mid to large size PCBs
- flatcam: just terrible UX, I couldn't figure it out at all
- VCarve Pro: pretty decent
You're welcome. I don't really know about CNC models, I only have experience with what we have in the fablab here. If you search for "PCB CNC Milling" on youtube etc. you will find some guides that might point you in the right direction for finding some though.
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