How to create your own Printed Circuit Boards?
Creating the Layout
Producing the Printed Circuit Board
In fact, I produced my first PCBs completely by myself in mother's kitchen. I guess there are lots of websites available that descibe how to do this in various ways.
My projects got soon just too complicated to produce the boards by myself. Especially the vias are a big problem. Not to speak of multi-layer PCBs. Also many modern FPGAs etc. are only available as tiny surface mount devices (SMD) with a fine pin pitch. Here are very precise PCBs required.
So when it's almost impossible to manufacture the PCBs self, what to do? Well, there are companies that have specialized in PCB production. Many of these companies have a special service for the production of prototypes in common technologies such as boards with one, two, or four layers. The prices are not very high. To quote an offer from one of the companies that I have used so far: Around 40 Euros for a 1 sqare decimeter two layer board including solder resist mask. That's really not much when compared to the first-class PCB that you receive.
Soldering the Devices
Here follows a link to CadSoft and two PCB companies that I have used so far: