PCB Business Card

This simple little project was an exercise to practice making PCBs. The concept is simple; it’s a business card made out of a circuit board. On the front is a small ruler, in inches and centimeters, and on the rear is a smorgasbord of footprints and an array of trace widths. The design is inspired by the digikey rulers.

The process in making this was relatively simple. The board stackup is just two layers. I created the footprints from common parts and organized them on the board. The text and the ruler markings on the front are soldermask openings to a copper plane. Ideally, the copper will shine through the blue soldermask, making for an eye-catching piece.

The Northeastern logo was a little bit more challenging. OrCAD does not natively support tossing in a logo like this, but it does support importing a .dxf drawing from MCAD software. I used AutoCAD; I imported the photo into AutoCAD, trimmed out unwanted artifacts, exported the .dxf, then imported that into OrCAD and cleaned it up a bit. I was quite pleased with the result.

I ordered a few copies of the board on OSHPark. Results are shown below.

Front of the business card

Front of the business card

Rear of the business card

Rear of the business card

OrCAD window of the business card