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    Default New to Arduino and Prototyping

    I have been working on a Non-Light Display project using an Arduino and electronic scale to control a DC Motor. My experience with electronics has been as a technician following steps in a premade kit with fully designed PCBs. I am ready to take my project from breadboard to a more permanent solution, but I am not prepared to design a circuit board. So my question is with a two-sided perfboard what is the best practice for making something like a ground plane, or 5V plane? I have seen solder bridges but wondered about other solutions.
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    Default Re: New to Arduino and Prototyping

    This may not be what you're after, but I spent a while messing with stripboard/perfboard until I discovered jlcpcb.com - You can throw PCBs together using KiCad (open-source) or their own web-based EDA thing, and have 5 PCBs made up (24 hours) and shipped (slowly) for very little money - I'm waiting on a bunch right now which cost me less than £6GBP (~7.50USD) shipped to the UK. I think they'll even ship the components alongside the boards if you export from their EDA to their supplier, although I've never tried this.

    There's a bit of a learning curve, but the end result seems solid - definitely more reliable than anything I slapped together with stripboard. Frankly, if I can produce something usable, anyone can, and if you end up needing to respin the board, it's pretty cheap.

    (For the record, I've no affiliation with anyone mentioned, just a happy customer)

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    Default Re: New to Arduino and Prototyping

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteMatthews View Post
    This may not be what you're after, but I spent a while messing with stripboard/perfboard until I discovered jlcpcb.com - You can throw PCBs together using KiCad (open-source) or their own web-based EDA thing, and have 5 PCBs made up (24 hours) and shipped (slowly) for very little money - I'm waiting on a bunch right now which cost me less than £6GBP (~7.50USD) shipped to the UK. I think they'll even ship the components alongside the boards if you export from their EDA to their supplier, although I've never tried this.

    There's a bit of a learning curve, but the end result seems solid - definitely more reliable than anything I slapped together with stripboard. Frankly, if I can produce something usable, anyone can, and if you end up needing to respin the board, it's pretty cheap.

    (For the record, I've no affiliation with anyone mentioned, just a happy customer)
    Thanks for the suggestion, but for the moment I am just looking for a more robust method of wiring my circuit while I continue testing and making adjustments to the design.
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights

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    Default Re: New to Arduino and Prototyping

    Maybe these might interest you .
    Pad Per Hole and Ground Plane 2 sides .
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    Default Re: New to Arduino and Prototyping

    Thanks again. I guess what I am really trying to ask is,

    When using a 2 sided perf board for making a semi-permanent circuit, is there a better way to connect several grounds together other than running solder bridges?
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights

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    Default Re: New to Arduino and Prototyping

    You can lay a length of wire across several of the pads and then solder to each pad.
    Kevin

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    Default Re: New to Arduino and Prototyping

    I'm not sure what you're asking, but one thing that comes to mind are T107 bus strips from Vector Electronics, although they may be hard to find at a decent price.
    Phil

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    Default Re: New to Arduino and Prototyping

    Take a look at solar tabbing wire

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