A Fine Example of Dead Bug Style Circuit Wiring

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the founder of Boing Boing, the editor-in-chief of Cool Tools, and a research affiliate at Institute for the Future.

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By Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the founder of Boing Boing, the editor-in-chief of Cool Tools, and a research affiliate at Institute for the Future.

248 Articles

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“Dead bug style” circuit wiring is the cute name for soldering together components without a printed circuit board. The “dead bug” is the integrated circuit flipped upside down with its “legs” sticking up.

Over at the Dangerous Prototypes forum, a maker shows off his dead bug skills, which he used to solder a Little Wire:

My level of boredom was not enough to actually etch a PCB for it so I did a freeform version of it. With a fine tip on the soldering iron, 0.4 mm solder, a stereo microscope and a hour or two of soldering and bending wires even an old fart like me can get the parts together without a PCB.

(A Little Wire is a USBtiny compatible AVR programmer.)