Pendant PCB, Take 1
Just thought I’d throw up a shot of the first completed board from last night. The photo below shows it laid on top of what I hope will become its enclosure. The tricky part, which I hope to work on this weekend, will be working out the mounting and keypad overlay.
One of the lessons I’ve taken from the success of the Shumatech DRO is the importance of having a good enclosure solution as part of the plan/kit. These are real tools meant for use in a quasi-industrial environment, so the enclosure is as important to the functionality of the pendant as the software or firmware.
At this point, my plan is to finish up the enclosure, and then start working all the kinks out of the software. I’m ready to get back into the shop for a while after spending the past few months bent over a breadboard and deciphering data sheets!