I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.— Leonardo da Vinci
Here we are: at the start of what I hope is a long journey into uncharted territory (for me, at least). CircuitBuilder is a new concept that has been rattling around in my head for several months – after a small brainwave whilst mulling over business ideas I’ve spent countless hours jotting notes, refining plans and generally obsessing over the concept.
So what is the concept? Hopefully that is fairly clear from the website you’re reading (if not let me know!), but essentially this is a platform to allow anyone to build their own electronic circuits, starting anywhere from a sketched diagram on the back of an envelope to a complete schematic, and ending with a professionally-designed, assembled circuit board.
That is all very well, but we’re not exactly breaking new ground here. Individuals and companies have been designing electronics since electronics was a thing, so what are we doing differently? My hope is not that we invent a groundbreaking new method for designing electronics, but instead we make incremental improvements in the way things are currently done.
So how are things currently done? Well that depends on who you are, who you work for and what it is you’re designing, of course. But to generalise slightly, there are a few common methods to turn an idea for an electronic widget into reality – from hiring an engineer (in a permanent or contract role), engaging a consultancy, or hiring a freelancer via one of many dedicated websites. However each of these have their own drawbacks – hiring staff, even on a temporary basis, is costly and time consuming; consultancies tend to be expensive; freelancers can be excellent value but there is a risk they will under-deliver, and oversight of their work can be difficult.
CircuitBuilder aims to tackle each of these problems – let’s see how we get on!