I design “beautifully functional circuits” and it’s very important to get the look right. Of course, the functionality has to be correct as well! Up to now I’ve been printing a 1:1 copy of the board for checking that the footprints are correct by placing components on the printed pads. Here’s a video I made of this process. When I learned how to use our laser cutter, I wanted to create mock-ups of circuits that I design so I could both check the footprints and get a feel for the board. These are the results (much more info at Boldport’s blog):

 

 

 

Laser cutting circuit board mock-ups