DIP Integrated Circuit to Lego Adaptor Blocks.

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DIPblocks will make prototyping easier by creating breadboards that can be referenced off of the pins of the chip itself, rather than having to follow a paint-by-numbers lesson to assemble a circuit on a typical breadboard. Individual breadboards can be slotted in and out on a lego board as needed. You can expand your prototyping space to cover an entire room, or build it up into 3 dimensions, with distinct layers.

  • Next Steps

    Samrath08/21/2014 at 05:06 0 comments

    My next step with the project is to create a mold for polyurethane casting the blocks in somewhat larger quantities. I also need to go to the metal store to pick up some steel to cut rails out of.

    More details coming.

  • Third Prototype

    Samrath08/21/2014 at 04:50 0 comments

    The third prototype is designed to print as good as a CubeX Pro 3d Printer can produce at this small of a detail. I will post a sketchup file and a .stl file for the top and middle portions of this prototype. The bottom layer is a lego board with the pins sliced off (x-acto knife and concentration).

  • Second Prototype

    Samrath08/21/2014 at 04:45 0 comments

    The Second prototype was designed to be 3D Printed. This was more or less successful. Some reaming of each hole was required to make sure they are large enough to work. This design has the wrong pin spacing, because I designed it without a chip at hand, right before I printed it, just to get the idea into the physical world.

    Rails are again made of aluminium can. Again, no lego integration yet.

  • First Prototype

    Samrath08/21/2014 at 04:39 0 comments

    This first prototype is made of a wooden block with 0.1" slots cut with a bandsaw by eye. The rails are cut from aluminum can material, and fatigue quickly, but these have held up to many insertions of the chip. This prototype was primarily to figure out the best way to construct the breadboard component. I was not focusing on Lego integration at this point.

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Spockopolis wrote 08/21/2014 at 12:31 point
Ever considered using conductive copper tape for the rails? It might be easier to work with and will cause less parasitic resistance. Very good idea overall though. I have a love hate relationship with breadboards and something like this might be just what I need. :)

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Samrath wrote 08/24/2014 at 08:23 point
Copper tape would probably be too malleable for this purpose. But I have been considering copper plating the steel rails. it's a simple enough step and could greatly decrease resistances in large projects. Thanks for the comment.

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