The ScrewShield is a “wing-format” shield that extends the Arduino pins to sturdy, secure, and dependable screw terminal blocks. (You even get a few bonus terminals for extra GND and power!)
The wing design allows you to extend just one or both sides (“analog” & “digital”) of the Arduino, and still access the jumpers, LEDs, and buttons on the Arduino.
Thanks to its extra-long header pins, the ScrewShield can be stacked above or below other shields.
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The Wingshield Industries sites’ instructions uses putty to hold the parts in to solder. Perhaps this is common knowledge but I had never seen or heard of someone using that before. Seems like that would be a lot easier then trying to use one of your fingers to make sure you have a part perfectly seated while trying to solder it in. Any chance adafruit can carry whatever this putty is?
david, we use our fingers…but you can get putty at your local hardware store for $1 or so!
Ok.. just wasn’t sure if I had to worry about some putties reacting with anything that might be on a board. Even with vice it is a bit tricky holding headers in place so that you are sure they are flat while still trying to solder them in place. But I haven’t soldered too much so it could be lack of experience.
You can also use “painter’s tape” — that blue masking tape with the weak adhesive. Keep in mind you only have to hold the part in place long enough to solder one or two pins. Once those have cooled it will be firmly in place and you can easily do the rest.
Yes, almost any sticky-ish thing (including fingers) will work. I used poster putty from Target for the docs on the WingShield site.