Ryan writes in,
|“I have a question about moving a project off a bread board and onto a project or perf board. Basically what is the best way to do without a lot of rework? This will be my first time doing this and I was just wondering if there were any best practices so that the final product looks clean and organized and I don’t have mountains of solder on the back side.”|
And it’s a good question.
It turns out that we don’t actually use solderless breadboards all that often– most of our physical prototyping is soldered directly on perfboards, like so:
However, that’s an acquired skill, and there is indeed a bit of a leap from breadboard…
… to protoboard:
Now, it turns out that there’s actually a neat and happy medium from (of all places) Radio Shack: A protoboard shaped and wired up like a breadboard.
Ours is in older packaging, but catalog number 276-170 is still around, still cheap, and as they say, “available at most stores.”
The bottom side of the board has the same wiring as a typical solderless breadboard, albeit with only one stripe down each side.
This layout means that you can usually duplicate your breadboard circuit exactly, soldering as you go, to make a permanent copy of your breadboarded one.
Doing so, you also get familiar with the process of soldering parts together on the protoboard– a useful skill, especially if you ever need to build something that doesn’t fit on a breadboard so easily.
Here’s the top side of that board, which might look more familiar to breadboard fans.
Love that vintage Archer branding, which was lost somewhere along the way.