Normally I do most of my designs on breadboards, and after I’m done with the project I either mount the breadboard in a case, or solder them onto a protoboard. On rare occasions I make a schematic in Eagle and send it off to a friend of mine who routes the board (he doesn’t like the auto router for some reason) and then I send it off to be made.
However, I’m working on a project that is too hard to work with just on a breadboard or protoboard (it has over 50 through hole RGB LEDs, shift registers, LED Drivers, and a LCD Screen + Arduino). I could get copies made at BatchPCB but I know there will be revisions needed to be made and I don’t have the money to make multiple boards.
So does anybody know of any good tutorials? I’ve heard there are multiple methods.
Also is it possible to make SMT boards as well as DIP boards? What about double sided? I don’t have a drill press or router? Any cheap solutions for drilling the holes?
How long do the processes take?
I’d also like for the solution to be fairly affordable as I’d have to buy all the parts (eg, I don’t even have a laser printer or photo paper)
Also since I am a student I travel a lot, so do you know of any portable solutions?
I know these are a ton of questions, but I’ve been researching for some time and I really have no idea which route to take, especially without a sizeable investment.