Brutalist PCB design for rapid prototyping #PCB #Prototyping @gameduino
We all have ideas for circuits that we want to make.
At work, these get called ‘prototypes’ and you might end up paying someone outside to put something together. Often this are split into two phases, the works-like prototype, then the looks-like prototype. The idea is to get the software running on the works-like, while mechanical and other details get sorted out for the looks-like version.
For a quick works-like proto, you can hook up some modules using jumper wires and breadboards. This is OK for a quick confirmation test, but isn’t very reliable. Those connections tend to let you down daily, with many hours spent trying to find a lose one. They also don’t travel well.
James Bowman at Excamera Labs wanted to hook up an Adafruit Feather to a Gameduino 3X. The resulting board looks like the one above. That’s it, functional and easy to figure out.
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