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 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…