We hope you like this as much as we do.
You know when you are prototyping a circuit on a breadboard, but then want to make that circuit a permanent installation on your Arduino?
Normally, you would have to "translate" the circuit from the simple layout of the breadboard onto one of typical Arduino Prototyping Shields.
Well, with these Breadboard Shields that we have designed - now the job is much simpler.
The shield is based on the same pattern as a half sized breadboard, with power buses all connected up to the Arduino pins for you.
Just transfer your circuit from the breadboard onto our Breadboard Shield, solder it up and plug it into the Arduino.
Because of space limitations of the Arduino footprint (and what we felt was the importance of keeping the board the same size as a typical Shield) we have had to drop one row of connectors from either side of the centre channel. but for most circuits this wont be a problem.
We also included the circuitry so you can add a power indication LED (and current limiting resistor) if you would like to
In this pack you will get three Breadboard Shields along with 3 stackable header kits, enough to create three cool shields of your own design.
Posted by Roy on 20th Feb 2013
Yes we will add another line of pins that are connected to the arduino pins on rev2. At the moment you just have to jumper from the breadboard row to the already soldered arduino pins.
Posted by Bradley W on 20th Feb 2013
To Dave B's comment, I've just finished soldering my first board. It looks great and it works! But I have no idea how to solder in the headers given that I also need to solder in a few pins from the breadboard circuit itself...
Any suggestions from anyone on how to do this?
Also noticed that the 2 ground pins are not connected together on the board -- shouldn't be a biggy when it's stacked as you can rely on the arduino to connect these, but prior to stacking it did throw me a bit as the LED didn't ground until I realised it would only do so when stacked.
On the whole though, I'm chuffed with this -- worked a treat (even though I now have no more finger prints left!)
Posted by Dave B on 9th Feb 2013
Just to correct what I posted earlier. I hadn't spotted the GND connection next to digital pin 13. That one is connected to the GND rail, meaning I could have saved myself a bit of soldering on the two boards I've assembled so far! Doh!
Good to hear there'll be a V2, it won't stop me buying these in the meantime as they are just so convenient for a lot of things I want to do.
Posted by Richard - Proto-PIC on 9th Feb 2013
Yep, we were so excited to come up with the idea, not enough of us saw the obvious improvements available before we sent the design off to get manufactured.
Rest assured, rev 2 will contain all these improvements and any others that our customers can suggest before we finalise the design
Posted by Dave B on 8th Feb 2013
Have got a couple of things on the go with these. Wish there was a row of holes connected to the arduino pins - that would mean giving up some room on the prototyping bit but well worth it in my view. Also, connecting the main central ground rail to, er, ground would be good. Fairly sure I've had to make that connection myself. Overall 8/10 - not hard to make that 10/10 for me though.
Posted by Russell Scott on 13th Jan 2013
I got a pack of these delivered yesterday, transferred my circuit from my breadboard to the shield, soldered it up, I now have a permanent 'Shield' I can just put on my Arduino, without having to re-build it every time I need to use it.