Author Archives: Gaia Fior

MegaBreadboard 1.0

The new equipment available at ICTP SciFabLab was a great opportunity to move my project from plain copper tape and acrylic to a nice refined wooden base with engravings.

So, after installing and getting to know my way round with Inkscape, I managed to draw a very simple version of my Breadboard, with slots for the magnets and engravings with all the info on the various pins.

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But something went wrong with my measurements and it turned out way too small… and with no intelligent way to route the wires…

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Back to the drawing board!

 

Mega breadboard, let’s start

Sometimes ideas just linger in the back of your head for a long time before being really brought to life other times you are obliged to get from idea to prototipe in a short time.

This is what happened with this idea, that just flashed into my mind a couple of days before the deadline for the entries to the Rome maker faire and after getting approved HAD to be done.

While teaching electronics to children I found out that the real problem was the hardware, more than the software. Breadboards are a great tool but you need a lot of attention to get all the connections right and small fingers are not that good at doing it. So how about a bigger breadboard? Maybe with an easier way of connecting stuff?

This is how the first rough prototipe was born, but then came the SciFabLab with the lasercutter…

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