6 'Not So Common' Ways of Making Circuits

Pursuing hobby electronics not only requires  prototyping skills but also requires you to be resourceful and adaptive most of the time.
While PCBs and breadboards are convenient for quick prototyping, there are many other ways to prototype circuits which are used by people round the globe. This article covers a few of those not so well known ways of prototyping.

1.The Real Breadboard-

The plastic breadboard has travelled a long way before becoming the most convenient way of prototyping. If you're a hardcore maker, and you have all the time in the world, it might be worth trying out a real breadboard. 
Definitely, it would be a torture to Hammer on an IC on such a board, but if you're using simple components, it might be worth the try. Watch Collin Cunningham's video on it here- The Real Breadboard

2. StripBoards-

StripBoards are among the evergreen favourites of makers.A Stripboard is   characterised by a regular grid of holes, with wide parallel strips of copper cladding running in one direction all the way across one side of the board. They are an ideal replacement for standard zero PCBs.

3. Conductive InkPens

Why draw circuit diagrams when you can make the circuit itself?

These are roller pens with highly conductive Ink which allow you to effortlessly make dynamic circuits on paper.  At the moment CircuitScribe and AgCl are selling such pens. And yes, you are living in the future !
Check out a beautiful demo of these pens here-AgCl conductive ink

4. Forget about the business, Just gimme your business card.
Business card prototyping- Sometimes you should let your creativity overwrite business (just the cards, tho).

5. Bare Circuit

No breadboard/PCB? No problem. At times, you have to take the crude way.
Who needs a breadboards when you have skills? If you do the soldering properly, and glue down important components, these circuits can be as reliable as the ones on PCBs.

6. Small Breadboards

Conventionally breadboards are seen as a way of testing and prototyping circuits. However, talking of mini breadboards, they are cheaper than PCBs, and can hold the components tight enough, for you to make your final circuit.

Nothing's gonna fall off the board, unless you're planning to test gravity with your project
Most Arduino enthusiasts design shields for Arduino on mini breadboards which make it easy to add new features on the shield, when needed.

Happy Tinkering!


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