Bare PCB for building a v0.5 split-flap control boardDesigned by scottbez1, Ships from United States of America
This is a blank (bare) PCB for building an open source split-flap display controller. Once assembled (electronic components must be purchased separately), it plugs into an Arduino Uno as a shield, ...Read More…
This is a blank (bare) PCB for building an open source split-flap display controller. Once assembled (electronic components must be purchased separately), it plugs into an Arduino Uno as a shield, allowing the Arduino to control 4 split-flap modules.
Or, if you've already built a control board and are looking to expand your split-flap display, you can build up to 2 more of these control boards and chain them together. See this note for more info.
This board is designed to use almost entirely through-hole components, so this is great for people with intermediate experience soldering.
Since this is just a bare PCB (no electronic components included), you can find instructions on ordering the necessary electronic components in the v0.5 Ordering Instructions document
Note: The "COMMIT" and "DATE" labels on the board may vary from what's shown in these product photos.
It's simple: high fixed costs of PCB manufacturing make small/low-quantity orders expensive. I want my splitflap project to be accessible to lots of hobbyists, but ordering a PCB can be daunting and unless you're planning to build 40 splitflap modules, you probably don't need/want to pay for a whole batch of 10 or more PCBs if you just need 1 or 2.
I've ordered a bunch of these boards so that I can make them available to you in small or single quantities for a reasonable price.
My goal is not to make money on these (if it was I'd seriously need to rethink my pricing); I just want to make it easier for you to order just one. So if you're planning to build a big display with a bunch of splitflap modules (like more than 20) I'd highly encourage you to order the PCBs yourself rather than buying them from me. It's likely to be cheaper that way, and it's less work for me! You can download the gerbers from the project website and send it off to your PCB manufacturer of choice by following these instructions.
Great question! I may add an option in the future, but it adds complexity on my end so for now I wanted to make these PCBs available since I already have them in stock. To purchase the electronic components needed to assemble this board, please see the v0.5 Ordering Instructions document
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I'm a software engineer that works on hardware projects in my free time.
The biggest thing I've been building recently has been an open-source split-flap display: https://scottbez1.github.io/splitflap/ I'll be making custom parts (like PCBs, die-cut flaps, and more) available for sale here on Tindie, so you can build your own more easily!
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