Is The Arduino Starter Kit Worth It? (Or Can We SAVE Some Money?)

In this article we will investigate the cost of the Arduino Starter Kit and whether or not it is worth the cost. We will also investigate whether or not it is possible to get the [better] components cheaper! The Arduino Starter Kit is basically an Arduino board supplied with a project book, components to build…

Is Arduino A Microcontroller or Microprocessor? The Answer Might Surprise You!

Ahh that age old college question… is Arduino a Microcontroller or Microprocessor. Many students have drunkenly fought to the death arguing over such terminology. At a glance one might assume that a microcontroller and microprocessor are the same thing, they sound very similar after all. However despite only being subtly different terms, they are actually…

Are Arduino Projects Good For The Resume? YES! Here’s How…

Have you been pondering whether to include your Arduino, Raspberry Pi or other maker electronics project on your resume or curriculum vitae? The last few times that I was actively seeking a new job opportunity, my maker electronics projects were my secret weapon! Whether it be Arduino, Raspberry Pi, FPGA, Microchip PIC or any other…

What Is The Best Soldering Iron For Arduino Projects?

Looking for a soldering iron for your super-cool project? Here is what someone with a decade and a half of Arduino experience has to say about choosing a soldering iron. I started using Arduino only a couple of years after the project began, before it was anything like the success it is today. I actually…

How To Set Up Design Rules In KiCad 6 (DFM Tutorial)

You probably already know that is important to tell KiCad the capabilities and limitations of your chosen fabricator to ensure the factory can manufacture your board. But how do we do this? This tutorial will teach you how to set up design for manufacture (DFM) in KiCad 6. If you are new or unfamiliar with…

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 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…