Free PCB manufacturing for EPFL students

For a limited time only, all EPFL students are eligible to get their PCB designed in KiCAD manufactured for free. Octanis collects all orders and sends them to the German fab AISLER. PhD students and staff benefit from free express shipping and pay only the price of the PCB.

How it works:

  1. (optional) Attend a PCB workshop at Octanis (see here).

  2. Make a PCB layout using KiCAD.

  3. Upload your KiCAD layout (.kicad_pcb file) here or send it to info@octanis.org.

  4. Submit the form below:

Go to www.framadrop.org and upload your .kicad_pcb file. Your files will not be shared and are treated confidentially by Octanis.
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A PCB made by Octanis Instruments OÜ.

A PCB made by Octanis Instruments OÜ.

What is a PCB?

A printed circuit board (PCB) connects electronic components using conductive tracks, pads and other features etched from one or more layers of copper laminated onto sheet layers of a non-conductive substrate. In short: it’s that green thing you always see inside of devices.

Breadboard prototype of an electronic system.

Breadboard prototype of an electronic system.

When you make an electronic system, you usually first make a prototype on a breadboard. As soon as everything is working well, you use a program like KiCAD to capture the schematics on a computer and draw the layout of a PCB. Once you’re done, you can send your PCB to a fabrication house that will make it for you within a week. It is also possible to do the manufacturing yourself, however this is no longer cost-effective.