The PCB Contest is open to all projects that include your own custom-designed printed circuit board.

This contest is only open to projects with PCBs designed by the author, whether you make them at home or pay a service to create them for you. If your project lives on a breadboard or perf board, now would be a great time to learn how to take your project to the next level and make your first PCB. Check out our Circuit Board Design Class to get started quickly.

There is a special judges prize for the best use of Autodesk Eagle which can be downloaded for free for students and hobbyists.

The PCB Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize


Judges Prize

One Eagle Judges Prize winner will receive:
  • A $150 gift card


One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • A $250 gift card


Three First Prize winners will receive:
  • A $150 gift card


Five Second Prize winners will receive:
  • A $100 gift card

Runner Up

Ten Runner Up winners will receive:
  • A $50 gift card

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jan 4, 2021 and Feb 1, 2021 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select PCB Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.