Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby SimplicityGuy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:02 am

sqkybeaver wrote:more on topic, when the split happens, it might help to classify the type of parts boxes. maybe one for micros + devkits + arduino type stuff. one for RF stuff, one for mechanical type stuff, etc. and not limiting a person to one list only.


Since we're now going with multiple boxes, this brings it one step further. Though I didn't vote for the original split, I'm liking the idea of the split more and more.

Perhaps as sqkybeaver suggested:
- components
- kits, microcontrollers, pcbs
- mechanical (screws, motors, raw material (aluminum plates, boxes/enclosure, etc.), etc.)

Adding this:
- parts scavenger (dead electronics, unwanted electronics, etc.)

The only caveat for the "mechanical" box would be to keep things together with other items. For instance if someone sends a Bus Pirate in the "kits" box, and has an enclosure for it, the enclosure should be included with the Bus Pirate rather than in the "mechanical" box.

It'd be great too if the boxes don't all show up at the same time. So there needs to be some randomization to the order of the lists.
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby systemstech » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:48 am

If we're going to have multiple boxes then it should be on demand, keep a rolling inventory with pictures and when someone needs something in the box they ask or pm the person with the box.
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby systemstech » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:29 am

Ok here is the final tally for the vote.

Name YES NO Abstain

systemstech YES
mrazekkarel YES
ducksauz YES
Blodgar YES
blarson abstain
rledyard YES
erict YES
Chankster NO
cm0n3y34 YES
cstack89 abstain
SimplicityGuy NO
pib YES
touch YES
maketronix NO
Sal_The_Tiller YES
sqkybeaver YES

So far 16 out of 24 possible votes have been cast. 11 yes, 3 no, 2 abstain.

When the box gets to me I'll do the split. I'll use the medium sized flat rate priority mail box. If and when the box becomes to small we can switch to the larger one. The new post will be called "Big Box Of Components U.S.A. Only" Please sign up. The current list will stay the same.

14. ducksauz
15. cstack89
16. drjeseuss
17. Sal_The_Tiller
18. binaryguy
19. SimplicityGuy
20. pib
21. voidxar
22. heathkid
23. touch
24. cm0n3y34
25. systemstech
26. sqkybeaver
27. buzzdavidson
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby heathkid » Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:15 pm

Whew! At least I'll get the full box before the split. After that, I would like to be placed on both lists if it's going to go around again. I probably have enough stuff to fill an entire box anyway so it may take more than once around. Thank you.
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby buzzdavidson » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:27 pm

Just noticed this message, missed the initial vote. Here's my input, in any case: I'd actually vote no to splitting. People need to not be so shy - if there's something in the box that they can use, they should take it! There was also a good deal of questionable stuff taking up room in the box that could probably be safely culled out. When I got the box it had a large baggy of logic components that looked like they had been stripped from a board with a blow torch and a set of pliers. Bent pins, molten packages, etc. I should have just binned it. If in doubt, take a picture of the stuff that's of dubious use and post it to the board to see if anyone needs or wants it. Based upon the state of the box when I received it, I think we could probably remove enough cruft to make room for better stuff.
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby ducksauz » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:48 am

Got the box last night. Started poking through it a bit. Lots of fun stuff in there. There's a nifty A101 Dekatron tube, which I'm going to make into a clock. I'll sort through the rest of it this weekend and get it back on the road early next week.
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby Blodgar » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:08 pm

Needed something to entertain great-nephew today, so we took a small breadboard and one of the LCD displays from the BBOP , a Parallax RFID reader and a bullduino (he thought it looked the coolest of all the candidates in the box) . We did a little research on the Arduino site, performed the assembly/test for one of the examples of both LCD display and RFID reader. I then showed him how one could merge the 44780 LCD code and Parallax RFID reader code, replacing the one duplicate pin assignment, and we tested the result. He now thinks Arduino and other DIY MCUs are *much* cooler than Lego Minsdstorm! Guess what he now wants for XMas?
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby dolabra » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:21 am

Nice work. I'm trying to convince my kid's high school robotics class of the same thing. They actually have a really good mechanical design program, I'm trying to get them to do a digital electronics class to go with it.
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby Sal_The_Tiller » Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:50 am

Any updates?
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby systemstech » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:57 am

Sal_The_Tiller wrote:Any updates?


The box should be in the hands of cstack89 and ducksauz should be getting ready to post some pictures anytime now.
Things tend to slow down during the holidays even shipping times suffer.
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby cstack89 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:34 am

I gave ducksauz my address on Sunday, so hopefully it'll be here in the next few days and I'll try to get it shipped out by next Monday.
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby drjeseuss » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:18 am

cstack89 wrote:I gave ducksauz my address on Sunday, so hopefully it'll be here in the next few days and I'll try to get it shipped out by next Monday.


Anyone know the status of this? Still on schedule?
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby ducksauz » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Sorry all. Been crazy busy with work and home stuff and haven't taken the time to post. The box shipped out to cstack89 on Friday. USPS tracking says he should get it tomorrow.

What I took

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SMD and PTH Parts (in the little envelopes to keep them organized)
(20) 0805 10 uF
(20) 0805 0.1 uF
(20) 0805 10K
(20) 0603 0.1 uF
(20) 0603 4.7 K
(20) 0603 1K
(10) 1A 40K SMD Schottky
(10) 1N4003 1A
(10) 1N4152 150mA

Other things
(8) Screw-in LRFs
(2) Mini Stepper motors
(1) YDI 44007 Thermistor
(1) Screw Terminal Strip
(4) Misc Sized protoboard stock
(1) KMRH Labs Jason R1-1-0 Board
(1) KMRH Labs Ethernet and MicroSD Argonaut PCB (looking for docs on these. kmrhlabs.com is down)
(1) "ACTUAL SIZE!" Sticker :D
A-101 Dekatron Tube
Square Beige Case
Beige Bus Pirate Case
2 Piezo speakers




What I added

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Lots of interesting sample I've never gotten around to using
(2) MAX5478 - I2C 50K Digital Pot
(2) MAX5479 - I2C 100K Digital Pot
(2) DS1881 - Dual NV Audio Taper Digital Potentiometer
(5) TMP100 - I2C Temp Sensor
(5) TCA6408A - I2C I/O expander
(5) TPA0172 - 2W Stereo Amp with I2C control
(5) CC2430 - 802.15.4 SoC
(5) CC2431 - 802.15.4 SoC
(5) CC2480A1 - Z-Accel 2.4 GHz ZigBee Processor
(2) MSP430F4171PM
(5) CC2500 - 2.4 GHz RF Transceiver
(5) SN65C3238 - 3-V To 5.5-V Multichannel RS-232 Line Driver/Receiver
(5) SN65C3221 - 3-V To 5.5-V Multichannel RS-232 Line Driver/Receiver
(5) TUSB3210 - USB General-Purpose Device Controller
(3) PIC 12F683
(5) PIC 12F629
(5) MCP23017 - 16 bit I/O expander

Other things
(1) OLIMEX PIC-PG1 Serial Programmer
(1) LCD salvaged from an Epson Inkjet
(1) USB WiFi Module salvaged from an Epson Inkjet
(1) Kurz-Kasch HL-480 5Hz/One shot pulse probe

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This is a set of two prototype boards and the parts to build them. I call it the Wedding Widget. It's based on the TinyMatrix It's going to be the favor for a friend's wedding in February instead of stupid Jordan Almonds.

(2) Wedding Widget PCBs
(4) ATtiny88 (only two are need
(2) LiteOn 5x7 LED matrixes
(4) SMD tact switches
(2) 10K resistors
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby mrazekkarel » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:10 am

Sorry about the website being down, currently looking for a better hosting company and updating the site while it's offline.
Here are the documents needed to build up the Ethernet adapter:
The hardest part to get is the Ethernet jack with the integrated magnetics. However, Digikey carries the one I used (J00-0065NL). They are not exactly cheap but work well. The microSD adaper I used (SCHD1A0101) was purchased from Mouser, but I think a different one would work too.
Ethernet Schematic.png

Layout.png

Ethernet Board BOM.csv
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For the Jason board - note use a PIC24FJ64GB004 with the ethernet board, you will appreciate the extra space:
SBL_Brain_2012.png

No layout images ready yet, but I can post some soon.
SBL_Brain_2012_BOM.csv
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SBL_BRAIN_2012_Ref_Manual.pdf
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Once built the expansion board plugs onto the lower row of pins (pointed to by the #13 arrow on page 3 of the reference manual). The boards work well to get the microcontroller onto the web as a host and server. So far, I have only used the Microchip TCP/IP stack which, as most of us know, isn't freely distributable. If you need help, PM me and I will help you get it figured out.
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Re: Big Box Of Parts U.S.A. Only

Postby cstack89 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:00 pm

Got the box yesterday and finished going through it today. Hoping to go to the post office after work tomorrow, so it should go out to drjeseuss on Thursday.

What I took:
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What I took


2 sheets of perfboard
1 linear pot
1 socket
What I think is a GPS module?
Temperature sensors
1 keypad
Heat sinks (not pictured)

What I put in:
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What I put in

1 Spartan FPGA dev board
1 tI dev board
2 ATMEGA 2560s
Misc PIC and Freescale MCUs
Misc opamps

Finally regrettably I was unable to get the following in the box. PM me if you're interested in the bundle and whoever is closest to me on the list will get it. I'll plan on shipping this box sometime post New Years. I tried to take out some bigger pieces I hope nobody was waiting on.

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Extra Stuff


1 board with buttons and leds
1 LED driver board
1 board that looks like an ethernet adapter to an HP printer
2 boards I can't identify
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