Basic Experimenter Board for rapid prototyping of electronic circuits

Raj of Embedded Lab has published new project the Basic Experimenter Board for easy prototyping of electronics circuits: Most electronics projects require some common stuff like regulated power supply, input tact switches, and output LEDs during prototyping and testing phase. Wiring these things on a breadboard for every new project could be time consuming and […]

DIY prototyping board with 3.3V, 5V, 12V and -12V built in power supplies

Electro Labs’ new project the DIY prototyping board with 3.3V, 5V, 12V and -12V built in power supplies: This DIY Prototyping Board is designed to provide all the most used supply voltages that a designer will need during prototyping a circuit. The switching power supplies on the board output 3.3V, 5V, 12V and -12V rated at […]

Makeblock – Mechanical prototyping platform

We met the Makerblock team during our Shenzhen Maker Faire visit earlier this year. They let us know that their system is close to being finalized. It’s a mechanical prototyping platform designed to make it easy to assemble robots, linear actuators, and other mechanical devices. Now, we improved a lot on this project, Makeblock can […]

DIY breadboard modules for rapid prototyping

Raj made a few breadboard modules to speed up prototyping. We think it’s a great idea to have a power supply, few switches, LEDs, etc, broken out into modules. It will save you a ton of time, and space on your breadboard. Breadboards are a great tool for prototyping and testing electronics circuits. However, if […]

Designing PCBs for automotive applications

This application note gives PCB design tips for reducing EMI in automotive environments. A lot of the advise can be applied to any PCB layout. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing is an important part of design verification for serializer/deserializer (SerDes) devices in automotive applications. EMI and EMC must be considered early in […]

Updated Fritzing release

We previously highlighted Fritzing, an open source GUI based program that allows users to document their prototypes, share them with others, show them in a presentation, and create a pcb layout for professional manufacturing. The developers have released an updated version, which contains a number of improvements including a completely new autorouter, improved footprints for […]

Teflon insulated wire trivia

AkosL writes in with a prototyping tip: Try teflon insulated wires. (Or other heat/wear resistant insulation materials).  Why? The insulation is very resistant compared to “common” insulator materials. Both mechanically, and heat resistant (the one right in front of me is rated to temperatures between -60°C to +200°C). You could solder just few millimeters from […]