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A Raspberry Pi is a small computer based on the Linux operating system that runs from an SD card. It is usually used for prototyping and small projects, but it can be used as a regular computer. It can be programmed using Python, which is a coding language.
What’s an Arduino?
An Arduino is a microprocessor, meaning it accepts an input and then produces an output. It’s like a mini-computer. It just can’t handle large scale processing like a Raspberry Pi. It comes in many formats and sizes, and other companies make microprocessors based on Arduino. All of them can be programmed using the Arduino programming environment with the same language. Arduino makes it easy to code and program because there are many ‘pre-made’ programs you can just tweak.
Can I make my own printed circuit boards?
Yes, you can use the Carvey CNC milling machine to make your own PCBs based on your own designs. You will need to bring the board materials and your login information for Easel. We recommend that you create your PCB design in a vector drawing software and export to an .SVG file type, that you can then import into Easel. Here is an example video of the PCB milling process on the Carvey CNC.