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Acrylic Arduino Prototyping Stand

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I do a lot of projects with Arduino's and breadboards.  Often as I work on a messy workbench, the Arduino or breadboard get jostled and the wires pop out of the headers or the breadboard. To solve this problem, I decided to make a simple acrylic stand for mounting an Arduino and a breadboard that would prevent them from moving around.

I used a laser cutter to cut the acrylic to size, to cut the holes for mounting the Arduino and to engrave a rectangle on the base to help align the breadboard.  Don't despair if you don't have access to a laser cutter: you could use a saw to cut the acrylic and a drill press to drill the holes.

There are two versions of the stands: one for the Arduino Duemilanove and Diecimila and one for the Arduino Uno. 

The photos show two views of an Uno stand made out of clear acrylic and a Duemilanova stand made out of blue acrylic

I made this at TechShop in Menlo Park.

 
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Step 1: Parts

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You will need the following materials for the Arduino prototyping stands:
  • One 1/4" acrylic sheet (color of your choice) at least 4.5" x 6.5" (the stand when cut out is 3.8" x 5.7")
  • Four 19mm vinyl bumpers (available at any hardware store)
  • One mini breadboard (approx 3.3" x 2.2") (Radio Shack 276-003 or Jameco #20601 or similar)
For an Arduino Diecimila or Duemilanove prototyping stand you will also need:
  • Three 1/4" #6 nylon spacers
  • One M2 x 20 machine screw
  • One M2 hex nut
  • One M2 washer
  • Two M3 x 20 machine screws (you can substitute #4-40 x 3/4" machine screws)
  • Two M3 hex nuts (or #4-40 hex nut if you use the the #4-40 screw)
  • Two M3 or M4 washers (or #4-40 washer if you use the #4-40 screw)
For an Arduino Uno prototyping stand you will also need:
  • Three or four 1/4" #6 nylon spacers
  • Three or four M3 x 20 machine screws (you can substitute #4-40 x 3/4" machine screws)
  • Three or four M3 hex nuts (or #4-40 hex nut if you use the the #4-40 screw)
  • Three or four M3 or M4 washers (or #4-40 washer if you use the #4-40 screw)
One of the holes on the Uno circuit board is very close to a connector.  Depending on the size of the machine screw head you use, you may not be able to use the fourth hole to mount the board.  Don't worry if that's the case, the Uno is securely held with only three screws.
dosadi2 years ago
I prefer to use an Arduino Nano that plugs straight into the breadboard.
I agree but they aren't cheap at $40 so you can see why people go for the UNO at $30. But you do have a good point!
currently there are nano's (clones) available for abt 13 USD, Uno 3 for 18 USD Mega for 17
gwlinn1231 year ago
I took this idea a step further because: 1) a way is needed to "reliably" run "cables" to other devices, like a home brew prom programmer, 2) sometimes, you can't program the Arduino with a shield installed. So, removing and replacing a shield after every program change is tedious and will eventually wear out the headers. Using a larger plastic sheet, I mounted the 2 Arduinos I have, a larger proto board, an RS-232 shield (with space for other shields in the future), a DB-9 and a DB-25 connector "breadout" board, a relay board, and a number of terminal blocks that have screw terminals. The DB breakout boards have screw terminals so I can simply and reliably run cables to devices using this common and cheap type of connector. I used plastic standoffs and plastic screws to mount everything (taped 4-40 holes in the plastic) so I didn't have to worry about shorting anything. I'll probably build some kind of "interface" board to let me simplify connections. For example, I have a large number of 40 pin PC IDE cables that I could use in addition to the DBs.
glenngarf2 years ago
And I just completed this one using my new scroll saw to cut the acrylic. The blade I used didn't leave a smooth cut, but it's the right size, and the holes I drilled freehand lined up perfectly. Thanks for the Instructable!
talk2bruce (author)  glenngarf2 years ago
That's terrific to hear! Thanks for the comment.
LexanPanda2 years ago
I made this same thing out of necessity last year! Except, I used a hand saw with sand paper and a power drill instead of a laser. Also, the acrylic I used is so old that the paper doesn't wanna come off, so I just left it, haha.

Yours turned out really nice, great job!
bustatech2 years ago
You can buy it from here: http://www.e-shore.com.my/homepage/eshop/arduino-development-platform-v1
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