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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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OddBot's picture

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

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

Calculon320's picture
Do you just cut 'em with a razor or something?
voodoobot's picture
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....

voodoobot's picture

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.

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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. 

CaptainTuna's picture
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.
Mr Clean's picture
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.