Wemos D1 Mini Analog Input: Reading the ESP8266 A0 Pin

Did you even see that tiny little A0 pin hiding on your Wemos D1 Mini? Yes that is correct, your D1 Mini and all ESP8266 devices have a single analog input! When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense to include a single ADC channel. Why? To read the battery voltage of…

Top 5 Arduino Projects Your Girlfriend Probably Wouldn’t Understand

Sometimes men need to be men and do cool shit, like you know… the kind of shit your girlfriend or mother just does not understand… Sometimes it is essential for us men to be men. Sometimes men need to build a giant barrel smoker oven or organise a drunken Nerf war. In some ways we…

The Dummies Guide To The Wemos D1 Mini

The Wemos D1 Mini is like a tiny Arduino with WiFi capability, in other words it is a superb little board that everyone should be using! The official boards are produced by Lolin who are seemingly based in China, or at least their official store can be found over on Aliexpress. The D1 Mini is…

How To Become A Digital Nomad Engineer (& Travel The World!)

Are you working as an engineer and feeling anchored to one location with the same depressive routine each day? Does life feel like some kind of monotonous routine, making the same commute to the same cubicle each day? Would you like a more enriched and free life, whilst still continuing to work in the field…

How To Import an EAGLE Schematic into KiCad 6

So you finally decided to make the move from EAGLE to KiCad? In my own opinion, since the release of KiCad 6 there has been no better opportunity. I tried myself to make this migration several years back but back then I was not enough a fan of KiCad for the transition to stick. Although…

How To Make An Arduino Shield In KiCad 6 (it’s easier than you think!)

Designing your own Arduino shield is WAY easier that you might think! In this tutorial we will learn how to design a shield in KiCad, which can be manufactured for just a small cost. Nowadays its so easy and cost effective to get a PCB manufactured, most of the time it is preferable to just…

How To Add a Logo or Image To A PCB or Schematic in KiCad 6

Importing graphics into KiCad 6 is absolutely possible and has been made very easy with the Image Converter tool. This guide will walk you through the process of using Image Convertor, so that you can add your logos and other images to your PCB design. Why Is an Image Converter Required, anyway? Converting An Image…

How To Generate Gerber & Drill Files in KiCad 6

If you are looking to get your PCB fabricated or just want to learn how to output Gerber and Excellon manufacturing data, you have come to the right place! After working in various PCB engineering and management job roles for the last decade I have learned a thing or two about PCB manufacturing. However it…

KiCad 6: The 5 MOST Common FAQs For Beginners (Answered!)

If you are like me, a KiCad noob, and you recently decided to embark upon a journey to learn KiCad, you may very well benefit from checking out these top questions asked by KiCad beginners. Whether you are a seasoned PCB designer migrating from another software (such as EAGLE) or you are completely new to…