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Wired Proto Board

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This is a really nice protoboard i found on Sparkfun. It basically is a standard perfboard, but every single hole is connected to the other ones on it. The cool thing is that you can cut out these inter-hole connections and make your own tracks on it! This saves you from having to solder lots of wires going from one place to the other on the perfboard!

I find it really cool, I might get some for my new project. What do you think about them? 

 ( link: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8812 

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These are the most usefull boards I've seen so far. I get them from DickSmith and Jaycar.


These boards are set up like breadboards with busses in both directions. Click on pic to see detail better.

Do you just cut 'em with a razor or something?
I use a jewelers screwdriver, the smallest ones seem to work perfectly.

Don't want to be picky, but It's always one way or the other - either you do a lot of soldering or a lot of cutting.

This must also be a nightmare to debug ... finding what goes where ... unless you use a marker to trace paths... and keep the 'artwork' consistent with the 'cutwork'.

I also think it's better to have some missing connections rather than short-circuits when you start debugging your project....

planning the layout is really key. Once you have it setup on a breadboard, you figure out how to do the layout on one of the proto boards.   Personally I like the smaller 1" X 1" boards as they are perfect for the small components I've worked on. Not sure if the larger ones are like this, but the smaller ones have sets of 3 holes interconnected in one direction, makes for less cutting and soldering as you can figure out ways to use the interconnected points very efficiently.
















Edit: the above is a standard 38khz ir reciever setup with a pnp transistor[3906] connected to the signal pin triggering it to blink the led. 

well but i would find it more difficult to actually debug a circuit whit lots of wires going everywhere. If you just highlight the tracks with a white marker i don't thnik debugging should be a real problem, and you're gonna get a much neater board.
Very, very cool.  I didn't know these existed.  Too bad they're a bit pricey!  I'll probably order a couple anyway, though, since the convenience it offers is well worth the cost.