November 28, 2012 AT 2:19 pm

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2012 — PCB Making

Is there a special person in your life that likes (or wants) to make PCBs? Making your own printed circuit boards is a gift that keeps on giving.  Here is a list of our favorite PCB making tools and supplies.


Proxxon 38128 TBM Bench Drill Machine – the ultimate small desktop drilling machine.  Use this to drill sharp holes into your PCBs with zero bit wobble.  With it’s small size, you can easily tuck it away when not in use.


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Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Work Station – It won’t have even close to the same precision as the Proxxon drill press, but it comes at a fraction of the price.  Ideal for crafts, hobbies, metal working, and a variety of around-the-house jobs, the 220-01 Dremel Work Station transforms any Dremel rotary tool into a tabletop drill press. It can be bolted on to your workbench, and it has the versatility to operate as a tool holder, flex shaft holder, and drill press.


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Dremel 300-1/24 300 Series Variable-Speed Rotary Tool Kit. Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer or anyone who is new to rotary tools, the Dremel 300-1/24 Variable-Speed Rotary Kit helps you complete a wide range of household, fine art, and repair projects. The rotary tool itself features an updated design for optimum comfort and control, as well as variable-speed control that allows you to set the speed of the tool to match specific accessories or tasks. The versatile rotary tool comes with a case, 24 accessories, and a circle cutter attachment–so you’re ready to tackle whatever project you dream up next.


Drill bit set. You’ll need these for drilling vias and holes.

10pcs of 1.00mm (.0394). These Mirco Drill Bits are made of Tungsten Carbide. The over all length is 1.50″. The shanks have a diameter of .1250 and all have identification rings on them. These are for drilling PCB holes.

5pcs of .50mm (.0197). These Mirco Drill Bits are made of Tungsten Carbide. The over all length is 1.50″. The shanks have a diameter of .1250 and all have identification rings on them. These are for drilling vias.

All these Drill Bits are made of Tungsten Carbide and the overall length is 1.50″. The shanks have a diameter of .1250 and all have identification rings on them. An assortment!


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Press & Peel – Some people like to use magazines or other glossy paper. We kinda just like press-n-peel blue. Others like Pulsar.


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PCB! Copper clad single sided is good to start – or beginners we suggest CEM which is not as strong as FR4 so its easier to cut and drill.


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Photo supplies are very good for storage and etching: Developer trays & tongs – pour your etchant into these plastic trays. we have a few we keep around. Use these bamboo tongs to grab stuff in the etchant so you never have to put your hands in bottles.


SHIPPING DEADLINES

Here are your 2012 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 14, 2012 – Arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Wednesday 11am ET – December 19, 2012 – Arrive on 12/24/2012.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 20, 2012 – Arrive on 12/24/2012.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 21, 2012 – Arrive on 12/24/2012.

UPS International: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 17, 2012. Can take up extra time due to worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday service for UPS.
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday – December 14, 2012 – Arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 23, 2012. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner, but not a trackable service cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/12.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 14, 2012. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.

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1 Comment

  1. If you ask me though that drill press is pretty cheap for it’s quality

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