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How can I make a permanent circuit (from a prototype on a breadboard) without soldering?

Due to a chronic illness, I have bad tremor and some involuntary movements, so for the moment I am avoiding dangerous power tools and soldering (I randomly throw things on the floor and don't want to start a fire!). I have been experimenting with simple circuits on a breadboard, as well as Arduino (microcontroller) projects. Once I get a prototype working on the breadboard, how can i convert it to a more durable form for actual use? I have thought of attaching components to styrofoam and connecting the wires on the back with electrical tape, but I am sure there are better ways... For my current project, the circuit will be quite small and will eventually be hidden inside a crocheted animal, but it will need either the arduino or at least a radio (xbee).

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Kiteman8 years ago
You could use conductive glue to fix your components together.
I thought of that when I saw this. ?
firesign7 years ago
You could use the "electronic brick" series from Seeed Studio. It's all plug and play.
Wesley6667 years ago
You should get a cold heat soldering iron or make your own. Making your own would be better because all you need to replace is the pencil leads once and awhile and they are cheaper then the commercial ones. This way you could solder to perf board or PCB and if you ever dropped it it would be cold before it hit the ground.
 coldheat soldering irons can fry electronics.
Key word there is "Can", not will but can...It would be cheaper to buy electronic parts as they are usually a dime a dozen then it would be to buy a new bread board for every project. 
 either:
get someone to solder it for you
leave it in the breadboard
use wire-wrap(I have never)
epoxy top of circuit, pull out or breadboard, cut/bend leads, use conductive glue.
there is even conductive thread, normally used with the lilypad system(wearable electronics)
if you leave it in the breadboard, coat it in epoxy or hot glue(assuming you aren't using sensitive components) as frollard said once you are sure you won't change the hardware..
ReCreate7 years ago
With such an illness...I guess you are out of luck...
Wesley6667 years ago
solder paste and toaster oven is another option.
Al19708 years ago
Hi:

If you don't care about the wieght, use the breadboard. The next time you bulid the project make the wires a little longer so that you can bring the wires out to the sides of the breadboard. When the project is tested and working; hot glue the wires to the side of the breadboard. This way the wires just don't come out of the holes like they would otherwise. If you buy the small type of hot glue gun they don't get very hot. so even if you get some glue on your hands it does really burn you. It feels like you got some hot wax on you.

http://robotics.scienceontheweb.net
Al
This project:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Fiber-Optic-and-LED-Minature-Garden-Light/

is wired up with twisted wire and shrink tubing (no solder). It's been through A LOT, including a ton of little kids playing with it, and it's all still working. Nice snug twists and well shrunk shrink tubing have been pretty stable for me!
UltraMagnus8 years ago
you can buy something called "choc blocks" which are double sided screw terminals used for connecting two wires together
jtobako8 years ago
Depending on the project parts, you might be able to the solder paste and a toaster oven or fixed hot air gun.
frollard8 years ago
You can also get from various places online - really cheap tiny breadboards. Once complete, just encase the whole circuit in epoxy. Not the most rugged in the world, but a workable solution.
gmoon8 years ago
I'd say to try wire wrapping, although I'm not sure how easy it would be for someone with tremors.

Radioshack should still sell the simple hand-wrapping tool and the wire. You'll need special (long-legged) sockets, too.