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I just used a hammer & nails to build a circuit – and I liked it!

Yes, I could rattle off a list of reasons to use more popular prototyping solutions, but none of them are as satisfyingly straightforward as nailing components to a piece of wood. Unfortunately, incorporating ICs into the build would likely be … well, tedious. Using the so-called “dead bug” approach would require soldering an individual breakout lead to each pin – do-able, but less than desirable.

In any case, this highly visible ‘classic breadboarding’ technique seems a great way to introduce newcomers to schematics and circuit construction – just be sure to keep any mechanical components free of crumbs.

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Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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