I like that idea as well. I have taken to either making a breakout PCB for those types of circuits, or to build them up on a small donut board. I got 100 boards that are about that size that you mentioned for about $5 from Aliexpress.
On a side note, I hope to see your posts continued over here about prototyping with BGA. I was really enjoying those. I need to find out if OSHpark supports filled vias, and if because they are filled if I can get away with smaller anular rings. I really would like to use the Freescale KL02 in some of my projects.
That looks like a nice event. I have looked, and the closest I can find to an event like that is about 2 hours away for me. I do think, though, that I might look into getting my technicians license one of these days to be able to play with some different frequiencies for my RC stuff.
I find that rather than one big solderless breadboard, a lot of little breadboards are a necessity for me. The ones I get are 2.2" x 3.4" and snap together to make a larger board.
The one you've got looks incredibly handy, but what I tend to do is wire up a small section of a circuit on the solderless breadboard, like a sensor or two. I'll then use that with one of my existing PC boards. I typically have a half dozen either in use, or built up and set aside for later use, at any given time.
@Aeroengineer: How would you perform tasks like programming and PCB layout without a computer? This item is a must. It does not need to be dedicated to electronics design, but you can pick up a cheap laptop or desktop for around $300.
I think most folks who want to get into this stuff already have a computer -- but it may be a good idea to have one that's dedicated to one's hobby projects. In this case, if one is looking for a really cost-effective option, I really recommend a visit to one's local technology recycling store -- or to a local Hamfest like the Huntsville Hamfest I attended a couple of weeks ago. So long as you can live with something that's not quite state-of-the-art, you can pick up a very reasonably powered notepad computer for around ~$50...
What impressed me was that they shipped the thing for ~$7. It was a 108lb box and it came in less than a week just before Christmas. That is about the best price I have paid for shipping on such a large item. I do feel bad for the FedEx guy that had to deliver it.
You know, I had not considered that because I already had these from doing the mechanical work and modeling that I do. I guess that I took that for granted. I have a really wonderful set of screwdrivers that my wife got me for my birthday. When I get home, I will look it up and see who makes it. They store all the bits in the handle, though not in the way that most do. This one is almost like a pump action loader. At first, I thought that it was a bit lacking, but then one day they were the only screwdrivers taht I had available, and I found out how useful they really were. Now it is my go to set. They come in a set of two. There is a larger one, and a smaller one. It comes in a nice case.
As to wire strippers, I usually just use an exacto blade that I have lying around. I know that there are better things around, it has just been hard to beat a $.10 blade. The ones that are slightly dull for regular work are the best as they still cut the plastic insulation fine, but are less prone to cut the fine wires.
MP, I am glad that you found it useful. It has taken me about 5 years to get to the point that I am at now, but I have enjoyed it, and I have found it to be very useful. Now I am working on developing projects with the ARM Cortex M series uC's. Funny now that I was so scared to jump into electronics so long ago.
I do like your idea, though so far, I have been blessed with 20/10 eyesight, so I can actually do deadbug soldering on a .5mm pin spacing part with unaided vision. I am sure that will go soon enough, so you suggestion is worth considering here in the near future.
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