Making Your Own Jumpers
March 14, 2014
I recently wired up my Vader Service Droid, but I'm not happy with the resulting rats nest of jumper wires. The mess is partially due to the pre-fabed jumper wires. I'm stuck with jumpers that are tool long in a lot of cases and too short in others. I managed to cluge it all together using some header pins and with solid wire, but the result feels...less than optimum.
Has anyone had success in building their own F-F and M-F jumpers to custom lengths?
I also saw that you can buy crimp-on connectors, various housings and a crimping tool. I found them here: http://www.pololu.com/search?query=crimp+tool&x=0&y=0 with a video tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K7Qb3DzIX3s
Has anyone tried these?
Beyond that I'm curious about methods people have used to reduce the rats nest syndrome when having to wire together multiple boards, sensors, servos, etc.
I thought of bundling or twisting some wire groups together that route to similar areas and/or using D-shell connectors to make 'production breaks' so that the stack of boards can be taken apart if needed without having to completely start over wire-by-wire to put it back together.
Thanks for the feedback.