Prototyping board sized to fit perfectly in a standard mint tin (like Altoids)Designed by Azzy's Electronics, Ships from United States of America
Providing a container for our projects is a continual headache for many makers - purpose-built project boxes are often expensive, while making one's own boxes from scratch is time-consuming and req...Read More…
Providing a container for our projects is a continual headache for many makers - purpose-built project boxes are often expensive, while making one's own boxes from scratch is time-consuming and requires mechanical skill and equipment that not all of us have. Repurposing readily available containers as project boxes is a tradition as old as the hobby, and one of the most common boxes that lends itself to it is the humble mint tin, as used by Altoids and many other brands of mints.
These prototyping boards are just the right size to fit in such a mint tin. For holding it in place, I recommend using standoffs (3/8th-1/2 inch or 1cm long, 4-40 or 3mm thread) - you can either punch holes in the tin and screw the standoffs in from the other side, or glue them to the tin with epoxy.
This is by no means the first take on a prototyping board sized to fit an Altoids tin. For example, Adafruit sells a "solderable breadboard" in this form factor - complete with a $6 price tag - modeled very closely after the look and feel of solderless breadboard. I instead tried to optimize these boards for functionality and rapid prototyping - my board offers more groups of pins to accommodate more complex designs, and large exposed pads around the holes for ease of soldering. I offer both a simple through-hole prototyping board, and an SMD/Through-hole version with pads for a few SMD parts, including voltage regulators, and pads for a barrel jack on the side (you will have to cut a hole in the tin, of course).
These products are a recent addition to my prototyping board selection, made to the same high quality standards as my other boards.
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United States Postal Service: Economy (untracked, bare boards only)
The cheapest shipping option available, for bare boards within the United States only.
United States Postal Service: First Class Tracked (recommended, cheaper than economy for 5+ items)
United States Postal Service: Priority Mail - Flat rate (fastest, tracked)
Domestic shipping via USPS Priority Mail - USPS advertises 1~3 day shipping time within the continental United States. This is a flat rate for any quantity of items - this is your chance to buy piles of small cheap items like my mini prototyping boards without paying extra for shipping!
Steve | March 30, 2017
Michael | Aug. 23, 2016
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I build projects with Arduino (ATtinies almost exclusively, never anything bigger than a '328p) and Espruino (often both working together), and I make a lot of circuit boards for these projects. Particularly after using my ATtiny-prototyping board for my own projects, I realized that these would be useful to other people, and decided to start selling them here on Tindie.
Strip Board, Protoboard, prototyping board, solderable breadboard - whatever you want to call it - it has been a mainstay in electronics prototyping for decades, and hasn't changed much in the interim (not even in production quality, as they're still often single-sided and/or manufactured from low-grade phenolic resin instead of FR4). My prototyping board creations bring these into the modern era, offering a combination of 0.1" through-hole prototyping areas (consisting of groups of 2, 3 or 4 pins connected together, like solderable breadboard) and pads for common surface mount packages connected to through-holes for easy soldering. To handle projects of all sizes, I offer prototyping board as large as 4" x 4", down to less than an inch square in my Mini Protoboard line. Unlike most commercial prototyping board, these boards are made to the same quality standards as real PCBs. Through-holes are plated, and the boards are double sided. These are offered in both generic versions, and ones tailored to specific microcontrollers, like the Tiny84/85, or microcontroller boards, like the Espruino Pico, Arduino Pro Mini, and the wildly popular ESP8266.
ATtiny breakout boards:
I love the ATtiny lineup, particularly some of the less popular ones, like the incredibly full-featured ATtiny841, ATtiny1634, and ATtiny828. Breakout boards for these that had the features I wanted were not readily available - so I made my own. I've since expanded my product line to include breakout boards for the ATtiny861, ATtiny167, and ATtiny88 - and all of these are available both as bare boards and assembled. In addition to designing the hardware I also maintain [ATtinyCore Universal](https://github.com/SpenceKonde/ATTinyCore), which enables Arduino support for all these ATtiny's and more.
I also sell a number of other boards to fill what I felt were gaps in the market, including a breakout board for the popular LoRa/LoRaWAN modules from Microchip (the RN2483 and 2903), which has become one of my top selling items. I also sell MOSFET drivers and breakout boards for logic level MOSFETs operating at logic levels of 2.5v and lower - while a great number of MOSFETs are available that operate with very low gate voltages, these are almost invariably SMD parts which are difficult to use without a properly designed breakout board.