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The title of this page may need to be changed. There is a lot of loose usage of protoboard, proto-board, breadboard.... In any case they all seem to come back in some way to more casual, one off methods of circuit construction. Breadboard, I have heard, originated in the early days of electronics when the wooden kitchen breadboard was re-purposed to be the foundation of a circuit. Cooks beware. Perhaps their highest form was in the Atwater Kent Breadboard Receivers [http://www.amug.org/~jthomas/ak.htmlhttp://www.amug.org/~jthomas/ak.html The online Museum of Atwater Kent Breadboard Receivers] and [http://www.sparkmuseum.com/BREADBD.HTM Atwater Kent Breadboard Receivers]).
There are many links to the topic:
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-prototype-breadboard-unit-with-DUAL-PSUs-and/Easy prototype breadboard unit with DUAL PSU's and less then $10]
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/ARDUINOSEEEDUINO-Breadboard-station-for-less-then/ ARDUINO/SEEEDUINO Breadboard station for less then $10]
*[http://www.43oh.com/2010/11/five-cheap-breadboard-prototyping-tips-and-tricks/ Five Cheap Breadboard Prototyping Tips and Tricks]
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-DIY-SD-card-breadboard-socket/ Cheap DIY SD card breadboard socket]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breadboard Breadboard From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]
*[http://www.robotroom.com/Solderless-Breadboards.html|Solderless Breadboards in Various Shapes, Sizes, and Colors]
*[http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-use-a-breadboard-also-known-as-a-protoboard-189729/ How to use a breadboard, also known as a protoboard] Video
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/Breadboards-for-Beginners/ Breadboards for Beginners]
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/My_Top_Ten_Most_Useful_Breadboard_Tips_and_Tricks/ My Top Ten Most Useful Breadboard Tips and Tricks]
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/Small-DC-Power-Supply/ Small DC Power Supply]
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/EE-Tray/ EE Tray]
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/Large_Bread_Board_from_IDE_Cables_breadboard_on_t/ Large Bread Board from IDE Cables, breadboard on the cheap]
*[http://www.curiousinventor.com/store/category/28 A bunch of products, you could buy, or make your own version]
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/5V-breadboard-mini-PSU/ 5V breadboard mini PSU]
*[http://www.instructables.com/id/Breadboard-Layout-Sheets-plug-and-play-electronic/ Solderless Breadboard Layout Sheets (plug and play electronics)]
*[http://www.best-microcontroller-projects.com/prototyping.html a simple example with a small microcontroller]
*[[Microcontroller#Development_Boards]] Fairly closely related to bread/proto boards are development boards. Typically they have some basic circuitry ( a power supply and a microprocessor for example ) and a area for prototyping.
== More Tips ==
*Lots of people grab a component and shove it in. Can make a mess, unless you are in a real hurry cut the leads to a proper length.
*Using needle nose pliers to put the components in can help prevent curmpling of the leads.
*Many parts have leads that are to small to stand up to the pressure. Solder them on to headers to give them nice strong, easily inserted leads.
*In one salvage job I found some "double ended" headers, long pins on both ends. These can be very handy because once plugged in they can be used to let you plug in female connectors ( like those on hard drive cables ( but just one of the two sides ) to the board. See pictures below. Hard part to find. But wait, you can solder two regular headers back to back.
The found "long" header:
[[Image:notextendedw.png|alt text]] and put together >> [[Image:Extendedw.png|alt text]]
*Expanding on the "double ended" header above.
Right angle headers are long enough to bend the pins so they are long on both sides. Take a dual row one and bend the pins to fit across the gap at the center of the proto board. Then you can plug in a dual plug like those on hard drive cables. Pictures may make the idea clearer:
[[Image:rightanglew.png|alt text]] and bending it a bit >> [[Image:bentw.png|alt text]]
Put it in the center
[[Image:inboardw.png|alt text]] plugged in and ready >> [[Image:pluggedinw.png|alt text]]