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Adeering 07-25-2012 11:58 AM

Arduino-How to go from breadboard to finished product
So Ive gotten my basic wiring done with the Arduino Mega ADK and now im trying to figure out how to go from the breadboard and pinned wires to a finished product.

mendesm 07-25-2012 03:25 PM

Are you going to etch your own board or have someone else do it for you?

Blauhung 07-25-2012 06:36 PM

I've been using http://fritzing.org/ to do my layouts. Haven't messed around with the PCB creator yet, but it seems to have some decent functionality at taking your breadboard wires and turning them into traces on a PCB

cjang 07-26-2012 04:04 AM

That's going to be tough with a mega. You have to etch a pcb to accept a surface mount atmega2560 chip. Those are only available in surface mount. Can you use a UNO instead? That's much simpler to make stand alone since there's a DIP form factor for atmega328. I proto'd a kegerator controller on an uno and transfered it onto a stripboard.

Adeering 07-26-2012 10:20 AM

No cant do it with a Uno, using the Mega ADK specifically for the android interface. Not looking to make a new board for the arduino, just wondering how to wire to the arduino more permanently.

This is my first time working with arduino for the most part, so finishing and how to make it a finished project I dont know. Havent worked with making PCB boards or anything either. So looking for some guidance on what others have done

lincoln 07-27-2012 03:12 AM

I draw schematics and layout pcb with gEDA tool. with that you can etch your own or another option is the pcb group buy here: http://dorkbotpdx.org/wiki/pcb_order/

SimBrew 07-27-2012 11:25 PM

I buy a universal PCB and weld what a need on it, we actualy don't need a lot a stuff, for now I got 3-4 resitor and a lot a power/neutral going to sensor and lcd and ssr.

I'll put everything in a box with some switch and connectors.

I 'll post pic once over.

SMc0724 08-04-2012 04:31 PM

I am just exploring this myself.

Have you seen the blank shields for the Arduino. You wire and solder them yourself, then set them on top of the arduino mega? For example, http://www.adafruit.com/products/187 or http://dangerousprototypes.com/2011/...ield-database/ And get some hex nut screws and nuts, at the corners of the boards, to make the connections more permanent. Also, check this out: http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Learning/Tutorials

Adeering 08-04-2012 06:37 PM

I ended up going with the prototyping wingshield from adafruit. It makes for easy connection to the pins and nice little board to solder on the needed resistors and pots. Gonna put everyting into a small plastic box and then mount that in my panel.

chuckjaxfl 08-05-2012 02:39 AM

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I've recently started this part of the hobby.

The route I've taken is to learn Eagle. It's not intuitive, but it's powerful. Plus, the reference files on the Arduino site are in Eagle. For my shield, I downloaded the UNO reference file and deleted everything except the outline, the stackable headers, the ICSP header, the reset, and I left the USB connector outline and moved it to the "keep out" layer. So, now I have a "starter" schematic and pcb layout for shields, like this. This seemed an easy way to me to line everything up, especially that weird 0.016 space on the digital side.

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