Outside of our daily worksessions, I did a little research on my own time and began practicing with KiCAD, a PCB design program. Coincidentally, our team needed custom circuits this year, so my design experience came in handy.

An article I wrote for the team newsletter details the fabrication process below:


PCBs (continued)

What exactly did I make for our robot? Well, this year's robotics competition revolved around shooting a ball into a goal, so the first set of boards I made were potentiometer boards meant to determine our shooter arm's position for proper aiming.

The second set of boards were connected to LED strips and a flashlight, meant to put signal lights on our robot into use. That way, we could check the status of our robot from afar.


From start to finish:

Wiring with Computer-Aided Design (CAD)