Thimble, in partnership with Rochester MakerSpace and NYSCATE, designed the Rochester MakerFaire 2019 solder badge.

This page includes instructions on how to put the badge together, as well as some information on how to design your own (below).

If you have any questions or are interested in ordering badges for your self, school, or organization, please email david@thimble.io

Click below to download a PDF containing the build instructions

This solder badge was designed using a printed circuit board (PCB) design software called KiCAD. KiCAD is open source, meaning it is free software (free as in no cost) and that the authors of the software also give away the source code of the software as well (free as in freedom).

You can get all of the design files for this PCB on github. The design files for this hardware is released under the OSHW license. So, please check it out and feel free to modify it.

If you are unfamiliar with KiCAD, there is an excellent tutorial series on YouTube by Chris Gammell of Contextual Electronics called Getting to Blinky. Also, feel free to reach out to your local Maker community (maker space) if you are interested in learning more about electronics or PCB design. Additionally, Thimble sells kits, curriculum, and training to help you on your maker journey. Please check out our shop or send us an email if you think we can help!

Did you know the inventor of the microprocessor is from Rochester?

Ted Hoff is credited as the inventor of the microcprosseor, which he developed while he was working for Intel. Ted credits his interest in electronics to a subscription to Popular Mechanics, given as a gift to him by his uncle. Ted grew up in Rochester and filed his first two patents while working for the General Railway Signal Corp. in Rochester NY. GRS was bought by Alston in 1998, which still has operations in Rochester today.

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