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Yes, the Pololu driver and Carrier Board I believe are open source hardware. They are pretty commonly used on RepRap printers, I believe. There are instructions out there for building one without an, "official" carrier board (if that's what you would call it). I got the carrier board kit and the pololu driver from http://MakerGear.comMakerGear.com. Which is based in America, so that is not much help to you. I guarantee there are suppliers in the EU.

This is where I got the instructions for putting together this particular carrier board:

http://www.johnyang.com/www/pscc15http://www.johnyang.com/www/ps...

As for etching a board or something like that, I have no idea how to do all that. So I wouldn't know where the first place to look would be. As for using the Pololu Stepper
driver in a MakerBot... they work great! 1/16th Microstepping makes for much quieter operation and my ToM seems to just work a little better with it. The major benefit is you put it together yourself, so you know what kind of quality to expect from it. I was having problems with my Y axis on the M
akerBot Stepper Drivers. I suspect it is bad soldering joints or something.