Often it’s not clear exactly what connector, button, switch, or part is the best choice for a project. We end up making a last minute order of 1 or 2 of any likely candidate from Mouser or Digikey. That sets the project off by about a week while we dig through datasheets and websites, make CAD footprints, and wait for the order to be delivered.
To banish this annoying time sink we’re working with Oomlout to release complete kits of parts. Each set will be nicely labeled, well organized, and have open source datasheets, renderings, and CAD footprints for Eagle and KiCAD. We call it wine making because Ian hand plucks each part from Huaqiangbei in Shenzhen. We’re posting now to get your feedback, the final kit will be available in a couple weeks.
Previously we presented the Single row cable kit, Keyed connectors kit, Double row IDC cable kit, and the Nylon hex standoff kit. Today we release our idea for the Metal hex standoff kit. Recently we upgraded all our projects to the standard PCB sizes, and designed the Sick of Beige acrylic cases for them. The cases are held together with hex standoffs and bolts. The idea behind this kit is to always have on hand the right standoff or bolt you might need for a project.
Head below to check out the contents, then please let us know what we forgot or what you find useless!
Metal female to female standoffs come in various sizes, and specifications. The ones we chose follow the common M3 standard.
Metal female to male standoffs come in various sizes, and specifications. The ones we chose follow the common M3 standard.
To fix boards or cases to the standoffs we included M3 screws, and hex bolts of various sizes.
Also included is are twelve 8mm thumb screws (pictured above), a Philips head screwdriver, and a 5mm hex wrench.
Forgot something useful? Included the wrong stuff? Please let us know and we’ll update the contents before the kits are finalized.