The Two-Week Mark

A project log for The Square Inch Project

A contest to create awesome, useful square inch boards. Entries are closed.

alpha_ninjaalpha_ninja 11/10/2015 at 14:077 Comments


This is your two-week reminder for entry in #The Square Inch Project— you must enter by November 24 at 23:59 UTC (unix time 1448495999)

The requirements for this deadline are simple:

  1. Create a project (or enter an existing one)
  2. Post a comment with a link to your project here.

That's it! So what are you waiting for?

Create a project


esot.eric wrote 11/10/2015 at 15:40 point

Wait, I thought there was supposed to be a completed functional PCB...?

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esot.eric wrote 11/10/2015 at 15:43 point

Guess I need to learn how to read...

So the functional version has to be done by late december!

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alpha_ninja wrote 11/10/2015 at 16:06 point

Yep! You have loads of time :)

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esot.eric wrote 11/10/2015 at 17:01 point

Shoot, I was using lack-of-time as my excuse, rather'n admitting to lack of "small" ideas... guess I'll have to get on that.

Noticed that the Nyan board has quite a large "component" dangling off it, what if, say, a component itself is bigger than 1inx1in, and the PCB is connected to only a few of its pins, the remainder being dead-bugged? (Thinking about a bare-486-support board, but the inner-square of the PGA is more than 1in, so, yahknow, 168 deadbugged wires, or maybe the inner-ring of pins is bent inward) ;)

Alright, surely there're more suitable ideas up in this head...

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alpha_ninja wrote 11/10/2015 at 17:12 point

Yay! Components that overhang are expressly allowed. There's no rule against dead-bugging either.

In fact, maybe you could use two boards connected by tons of jumpers, saving you about 40% of deadbugging wires, kind of like this:

Good luck!

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esot.eric wrote 11/11/2015 at 06:50 point

Thanks for the ideas @alpha_ninja! Now, how 'bout if I figure out how to split a dual-sided PCB in half to make two single-sided boards? :) J/K. 

But I was so tired when I read your idea of a split-board that I was almost convinced four pieces could cover all 168 pins... Was fighting to figure out the layout, how to cut the board into fourths... And finally did the (simple) math this "morning": 168 pins = 168 0.1in pins, 1in=10*0.1in pins. 1in*1in = 10*10 = 100 pins. Right, gotta be more clever ;)

Thanks for the inspiration/ideas, this contest, and for the flexibility-for-creativity of it!

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alpha_ninja wrote 11/11/2015 at 14:02 point

The splitting thing? That would technically be allowed.

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