Workshop Update for December 11th, 2012

in Workshop Update by DP | 10 comments

We had a late start today, as The Amp Hour interview started at 1AM for us. We worked on our video interview with Dimitri from Smartduino, so most of our time was eaten up by it.

We are developing an acrylic board witch will have a Bus Pirate and a small breadboard attached to it. This will be a part of a kit we are thinking about.

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  1. alex says:

    Maybe consider some power supply on the board for breadboarding as well as you are at it.

  2. Matseng says:

    An engraved metal plaque with the pinout and a transparent breadboard would make it look awesome! ^_^

    • Filip says:

      Yup, it would, although 3D modeling a transperent breadboard would be a pain:) you’d have to actually model the insides of it..

      • Kevin O says:

        I HATE transparent breadboards. My old eyes have trouble finding the right hole (no jokes please…)
        Don’t fall prey to their shiny apparent hipness.

      • Sleepwalker3 says:

        Over on Sparkfun I saw a lot of people complaining about the transparent breadboards, apparently the ones that were sold (which may not apply to all), were rather crappy in regards to the quality of the contacts when compared to common white ones and caused a lot of problems. Having said that, there are no doubt good and bad ones in each case. As for seeing the holes
        (perhaps diverging off topic a bit), have a look on DP for the post about magnifying glasses / headbands, etc. that got quite a bit of response. Myself I ended up buying a $10 pair of magnifying glasses (3.5x) from the local chemist and have found them to be fantastic for SMD work, the only negative is having to wear them halfway down my nose so I can see where the heck the soldering station is!

  3. Cov says:

    One easy use-case to target might be 7400 logic. In school we had to build a 4-bit ALU from 7400 logic and made use of the banks of LEDS and dip switches for output and input, and pushbutton switches for manual clock and reset, all these built in to the development board.

    • Matseng says:

      I’m not sure how a Bus Pirate would help testing/developing a 4 bit ALU or small 7400 logic circuits….. The BP is mostly about generating and receiving/printing serial protocols like i2c, spi, uart, but it can do some other stuff too.

  4. Sleepwalker3 says:

    Metal would be nicer, clear Acrylic scratches too easily. White perspex (maybe beige so you can get sick of beige?) or some other colour would not show up scratches as much. Professional Laser cutters often won’t cut Polycarb because of the bad fumes, plus very corrosive. Etched Aluminium (Aluminum for the yanks) has a nice sandblasted effect and a more durable surface finish, Anodised Aluminium is also nice and can be done in colours. – Just my 2 bobs worth.

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