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Stripboard circuit (copper tracks side) Home | Map | Projects | Construction | Soldering | Study | Components | 555 | Symbols | FAQ | Links Stripboard Placing components | Cutting tracks | Planning a layout | Example plan Also see: Breadboard | PCB | Types of Circuit Board Stripboard has parallel strips of copper track on one side. The tracks are 0.1" (2.54mm) apart and there are holes every 0.1" (2.54mm). Stripboard is used to make up permanent, soldered circuits . It is ideal for small circuits with one or two ICs (chips) but with the large number of holes it is very easy to connect a component in the wrong place. For large, complex circuits it is usually best to use a printed circuit board (PCB) if you can buy or make one. Stripboard requires no special preparation other than cutting to size. It can be cut with a junior hacksaw, or simply snap it along the lines of holes by putting it over the edge of a bench or table and pushing hard, but take care because this needs a fairly large force and the edges will be rough. You may need to use a large pair of pliers to nibble away any jagged parts. Avoid handling stripboard that you are not planning to use immediately because sweat from your hands will corrode the copper tracks and this will make soldering difficult. If the copper looks dull, or you can clearly see finger marks, clean the tracks with fine emery paper, a PCB rubber or a dry kitchen scrub before you start soldering. Placing components on stripboard Components are placed on the non-copper side, then the stripboard is turned over to solder the component leads to the copper tracks. Stripboard layouts are shown from the component side, so the tracks are out of sight under the board. Layouts are normally shown with the tracks running horizontally across the diagram. Placing components on stripboard requires care. The large number of holes means it is very easy to make a mistake! For most small circuits the best method is to very carefully place the IC holder(s) in the correct position and solder in place. Then you can position all the other components relative to the IC holder(s). Minor position errors left and right will not usually be a problem because the component will still be Stripboard http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/stripbd.htm 1 of 6 3/9/2009 10:30 PM
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Track cutter Photograph © Rapid Electronics connected to the correct tracks. However, up and down position errors must be avoided because just one hole too high or too low will connect the component to the wrong track and therefore the wrong part of the circuit. Some people like to label the holes with letters (up/down) and numbers (across) to give each hole a 'grid reference' but this still requires careful counting of holes. Cutting stripboard tracks
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2012 for the course ECE 101 taught by Professor X during the Spring '12 term at Florida A&M.

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