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  • #2123 Reply
    Albert Adderley
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    Hi has any one a pcb layout for this project
    Albert

    • This topic was modified 6 months ago by Martyn.
    #2135 Reply
    Martyn
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    This is something I have thought about a lot but never done anything about it.

    Does anybody want to volunteer?

    • This reply was modified 2 years ago by Martyn.
    #2472 Reply
    luc
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    Hi Martyn ,

    On old topic but maybe this request is still valid.
    I’m doing pcb design as a profesion .
    I could make a pcb but it will take me some time to finish it.

    just send me an email if you are interested.

    Rgds,
    Luc

    #2529 Reply
    Martyn
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    Hi Luc,

    I have sent you an email.

    Regards
    Martyn

    #2542 Reply
    Rene
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    Hi Martyn, Luc

    What a coincedence. About 2 weeks ago I came across this website and forum because I want to start with droplet photography. I read the topic about making a PCB and I designed one. Last week I ordered 10 PCB’s and I expect them to recieve them in the next 3 weeks.

    Maybe we can work together?

    Regards,

    René

    #2543 Reply
    luc
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    Hi René,

    Indeed what a coincidence.
    I agree to work together if necessary but will wait till I have cleared out some things with Martyn. (Our posts where crossing each other and had in the meanwhile some conversation with Martyn).

    Rgds,
    Luc

    #2544 Reply
    Rene
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    Hi Luc,

    No problem.

    Regards,

    René

    #2635 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    PCB_dropcontroller-v3-final_20190220072501

    #2637 Reply
    Rene
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    Hello Theo,

    That is a very nice design. I send my design to Martyn last week for review. I ordered 10 boards in China and they should turn up in the next few weeks.

    What are the dimensions of your board?

    Regards René

    (also Dutch :D:D)

    #2638 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    if i’m corect these were 17×15 cm, orderd some other boards from jplc las week and had them in a week.
    this board is on a hold because, first i need all the parts, seems that some parts are diff. to order, the reason for this is, that sometimes you order a part and they send a replacement, that somewhat different with another footprint, once the board is made you have no option then modify the part to fit.
    if i have all the parts i can make a correction to the pcb if something is wrong

    #2669 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    PCB_druppelcontroller_20190309014642

    #2670 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    update of pcb to the latest mod (schematic), removed the buck converter swap this to 2 seperate voltage inputs, 5v and 12v for the selonoid’s

    #2672 Reply
    Martyn
    Keymaster

    HI Theo,

    it looks like you have vcc and gnd connected to the same pin on the manual drain switches.

    I presume not all traces are shown in the image.

    #2673 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    Hi martyn.

    Not all the traces are shown, just the top site.
    Butt could you point out what you mean maybe i’m overlooking something

    Schematic_2

    #2674 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    BTW. the valve (shown as grey), is de VCC, thats what’s in the rca jack’s i’m using. looking at youre schematic the drain from de mosfet is conected to the anode from the 1n4007 that’s leading to the GND of the rca jack????

    #2675 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    blowup

    where it say GND, is actualy the GND, not showing on the screenshot because i turned off the copper area, if i turned it back on you can see that GND is conected to the GND……

    #2677 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    re-routed the trace’s so it match more youre design, let me know if this is better?

    pcb cor.

    #2710 Reply
    Spiro Chekano
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    Just finish my version of the PBC i did a little changes.
    I replace 4N25 whit PC817
    remove the 2 external triggers
    i change the buck converter to mini 360 buck converter
    and valves RCA connectors to simple screw terminals
    dimension are 98x98mm
    Top
    Bottom

    #2711 Reply
    Spiro Chekano
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    I see the links did not come so here are again 🙂
    https://imgur.com/xUFu5cS
    https://easyeda.com/spiroc/drop-controller

    #2713 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    What a coincidens, today i was testing my board.
    everything seems to be working except the BT.
    tried everythig but still not working, i even seperated the BT section and placed it to a sep. bredboard with only the tx and rx conected to the arduino (pin A4/A5 with the voltage divider on the BB), and still not working.
    BT is working with other test PRG’s butt nott with the dropcontroller.
    Looks lik there is no fault with the pcb board ???????

    #2714 Reply
    Rene
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    Evening,

    Between other projects I too managed to complete and test my PCB.
    I had no problems with the BT. Connecting and changing the name was very easy.
    Next 3 weeks I have no time. Next step is to order some valves.

    Regards,
    René

    @Martyn: Did you get my email about 2 weeks ago?

    #2715 Reply
    Rene
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    Hi Theo,

    I viewed your video a couple of times but I can’t see it very good. What are the values of the 2 resistors that create the voltage divider (R23/R24) and what is the BT VCC?

    René

    #2716 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    Hi rene the value of the resitor is resp. 1k and 2k, the voltage on the BT is 3.09 volts

    Theo

    #2717 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    if you wnt you can add me on FB. RENE!!
    facebook.com/theo.bosters.9

    #2718 Reply
    Martyn
    Keymaster

    @ René. Just found your email in the Junk folder. Along with some others that are about the dropController. Will reply separately.

    #2719 Reply
    Rene
    Guest

    Hi Theo

    I don’t have FB but my wife has. So the voltage divider is correct but the VCC is, I think, on the low side. On the back of my BT-module power should be between 3.6V and 6V. It seems not a lot but the difference is quite big.

    René

    #2720 Reply
    Martyn
    Keymaster

    @René.

    The voltage divider is for the serial Arduino TX to BT RX connection.

    The actual Bluetooth module (the small daughter-board) is a 3.3v device. Most HC-0xs have regulators on the breakout board to bring down vcc to 3.3v (this is why they canaccept up to 6v) but they do not convert the TX or RX pins which are still 3.3v. The voltage divider steps down the Arduino TX 5v pin to around 3.3v. A 5v Arduino sees 3.3v as HIGH so there is no need to upstep the 3.3v BT TX pin and it can be connected directly to the Arduino RX pin.

    #2721 Reply
    Theo Bosters
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    checking the voltage again, the voltage on the RX of the BT = 3.42 volt,
    on the Rx = 4.96 volt.

    #2722 Reply
    Rene
    Guest

    Just measured the VCC on the BT and that is 5,06V. According to several datasheets the VCC-range is between 3,3V and 6V. 3,09V is a little bit to low.

    René

    #2723 Reply
    Theo Bosters
    Guest

    Rx = TX side, the voltage mesured when lead to TX is not conected (arduino pin A4), when BT lead to TX is conected the voltage is 3.4 volt.

    #2724 Reply
    Theo Bosters
    Guest

    @Martyn.

    Thnx for not pointing out that i was using the wrong (old) app.
    could be a great project if the update and respons was better.
    goddamn searching for more than 2 days what could be wrong ;-(
    sorted it out finaly

    #2725 Reply
    Martyn
    Keymaster

    Hi Theo,

    no need to thank me. It’s all part of the service 😉

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