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Prototype PCB Giveaway!

As a part of developing new projects, I make PCBs for prototypes. I usually use OSH Park to have my prototype PCBs made. They are great – sophisticated web ordering page compete with full preview of the PCB design, which has helped me notice the errors before ordering. Low, no-gimmick pricing – just $5/sq. inch for a set of three PCBs.

Since I don’t always use all prototype PCBs, I have a few PCBs laying around. Some of them contain errors (that’s the point of prototyping, right?), but most of them (lucky for me) are perfectly functional.

So I want to give away those good prototype PCBs. The schematics and BOMs are provided on this site or instructables already, so you can gather parts and build them!

The qualification is simple – give me/my site a mention and a link on your web site, or if you have made any of my designs, put up a project at instructables (with pictures or/and video). Let me know what you did by either leaving a comment here or email, and I will send you a PCB. (Free shipping within USA only – sorry, international shipping will cost $5.)

I have more than a few good PCBs for the published and unpublished designs. Offer is limited to while PCBs last.


32 Responses

  1. I left a link to a YouTube video of my project using your Wave JT. I left in under the Wave JT I meant to leave it here, video link below sorry, I hope I can still get in to the giveaway?

    Thanks again, love your work!

    July 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  2. Gedeon

    Nice LED show. Where can I get one?


    June 11, 2013 at 4:37 am

  3. Donald McFarlane

    I webmaster a few pages and added a link to your page on one and will be adding it to the others shortly. I would love to get a proto board if you have any left.

    Working on incorporating a 9 X 18 into my cyber-samurai armor. just working out the power issues and reprograming it to change the patterns to what I need.

    Thanks for the great tool for cosplaying.

    January 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    • Please let me know the URL of your page. I have some PCBs to send.

      I’d love to see your cyber-samurai armor as well.


      January 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm

  4. Darko


    I have been following your work for a while and i love your stuff….can you send me one board if you have any left?

    November 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

    • Please read … give me/my site a mention and a link on your web site, or if you have made any of my designs, put up a project at instructables (with pictures or/and video). Let me know what you did by either leaving a comment here or email, and I will send you a PCB…

      I have a couple more PCBs to send out.


      November 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  5. Matt Jenkins

    Hello LED Artist,
    I have admired your work on instructables for some time. I have put links to your site on three places.
    My personal facebook

    My new project page where i can share the process of my new projects.

    And I made your YouTube Channel, the Featured Channel on my YouTube Page where I mainly show my Tech Projects.

    If you have anymore of your PCB’s to giveaway I would very much like to have one. I love working on tech projects and it’s a joy to see talented people create beautiful projects that others can make and learn from. If it works out or not, thanks anyways and keep up the awesome work.
    Matt Jenkins

    November 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    • Hello Matt,

      Thanks for all the posts! Please email me the address to send the PCB to. My email is
      There are only a few left, but let me know if you have a preference as to which project you want.


      November 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  6. Jeff Bowen

    I just posted a link on FB. I’ve admired your work for some time (first saw your work on Instructables) & would love to get a/some pcbs.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    • Thanks Jeff. Can you let me know where to find your page?

      November 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      • Hi Aki, I’m sorry. Here you go:
        I’m going to post often & post a different LED board each time. Not to get a PCB each time, but just to make sure people see these awesome pieces of art!!

        November 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

        • Thanks for the URL, but I can’t find a post that shows any LED stuff. Maybe it’s friends only? Can you make it public?


          November 12, 2012 at 12:43 am

          • Hi Aki. Changed my settings. Try again.

            November 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

  7. Shari Vogel

    I was going thru and adding you and some other of my maker/Instructables, etc. links to Twitter/Facebook and noticed that you were offering up some free prototype boards for mentions on there, so I did. Your Aurora 18×18 has been on my to do list since I first decided I was going to embark down that road. It’s been a slow start and my first project is a still in progress. Perhaps it was a little ambitious (a 4×4 RGB led cube). But so far, so good. I’m stalled for parts right now.
    Look forward to yours, free or not.
    Thanks. Shari

    October 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm

  8. I added a post about you! I really love the Auroras :) I am currently working on one of the 18x18s. They are splendid!

    October 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

  9. io


    Nice offer, that’s very friendly.

    Does Facebook and a forum count ?

    best regards,


    September 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    • Depends – it has to be a post that’s open to public, and highly visible.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm


    Hi Aki,
    I would like to build either Aurora 18×18 and Aurora 9×18. Unfortunately I have no Website nor Instructable yet. Can you indulge me?
    Thank you in advance,

    Best Regards,


    September 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    • Hi Dan, instructable is free to post. Please try.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  11. Lawrence Jackson

    Another reason I enjoy your site, Not only do you have great products and projects, you are quick if a part is missing, and you do stuff like this.
    Nice to find a good guy once in a while.


    September 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  12. Not sure if my previous msg posted or not. If not I mentioned that I posted about you in my blog (in my website link). That I was interested in one of the Auroras and also the HP Universal LED driver or buck converter (not sure what you have). Just had to think of a second place to post or maybe you would be interested in a board swap. I am finishing the design of a constant-current boost-converter that is designed to drive around 15 low-to-mid power LEDs in series. The default design is 70mA but this could be easily changed by using a different Rsense value.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  13. Hey, I put one post up so far (I put it in the website field). I’d love to try one of the auroras and the Universal HP LED driver (or the buck converter), not sure what you have extra of. Now I just have to figure out a second place to make a post! That or maybe you would be interested in a board swap. I am finally almost done laying out the board for my constant-current boost controller. It’s designed for stringing 15 low-to-mid-power LEDs in a row from a 12V source and holding them at 70mA (or another current by changing Rsense). It’s all SMD at this point so I could get it in a 5cm x 5cm package (it shouldn’t require heatsinks based on my thermal calculations).

    September 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  14. Hello!

    Hopefully this will be enough:
    Keep up the good work.



    September 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

    • Cool! Would you email me your info to aki [at] theledart [dot] com?

      September 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  15. Erick Nava Aldana

    Could apply for more than one time? I want to try Joule Thif Series but Auroras look nice too!!!

    September 26, 2012 at 10:58 am

    • As long as each one is a different post, like web/blog, video, instructables, etc…

      September 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

  16. Alan Bolek

    If it works out i would like one to play with. Thanks, Alan

    September 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

  17. Alexander Prokop

    As a past customer of yours I would happily pay the shipping for any mix of your fab boards.

    Best Regards,


    September 26, 2012 at 12:46 am

    • Do you have a website or blog that you can mention me? Or a quick instrucables post?

      September 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

    • Sure you got one. A PCB is in the mail.


      October 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

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