Introduction: Arduino Holder

Good news, everyone!

I just started with the arduino and right at the very beginning I felt that I needed some sort of base to put the arduino on. I was reading one article from ladyada (http://www.ladyada.net/images/arduino/bumperplace.jpg) and she was using some rubber bumpers on the bottom of the board. I thought about that and decided to make myself some sort of a holder.

These are the instructions how to make that arduino holder.

Thank you for checking it out.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Parts are simple. This is what I used:

- piece of acrylic (2mm);
- motherboard computer standoff (6/32 thread);
- rubber bumpers.

For tools this is what I used:

- drill;
- drill bit (1/8");
- hacksaw;
- ruler;
- pen;
- socket wrench.

Remember that besides acrylic you can use plywood, Formica etc.

Step 2: Cutting Process

Before we start cutting we have to know what size we are cutting, so the first thing is to measure the board. In my case I need to cut my piece of acrylic 2.5" X 3".

After defining the measures I mark them on the acrylic.

Once I have the line on the acrylic it's time to cut. Here I'm using a hacksaw to do the job. You can use a dremel as well.

Don' t forget to sand the edges. :)

Step 3: Installing the Pegs and Standoffs

Now it's time to start drilling and assembling things.

Now that you have your piece of acrylic cut to size put the arduino board back, let's mark the positions of the holes. Using a sharpie pen mark where the holes are to be located.

Now we can start drilling. Using the 1/8 drill bit and a piece of wood under the acrylic let's start drilling. Remember to drill slowly, this way you reduce the chances of cracking the acrylic.

Once all the holes are drilled you can remove the protective plastic from the acrylic and we can start installing the standoffs.

During this step be nice and don't push the standoffs too much. Tighten them slowly and when they reach the end STOP. Otherwise you will destroy the threads and your acrylic will be pretty much useless. BE nice and gentle (Well, you know the joke, right???). LOL

After you finish with the standoffs just flip the acrylic around and install the rubber bumpers at the bottom.


Step 4: Instaling the Board

Installing the board is a matter of screwing the screws. That's it!!!

Step 5: Final Considerations

Well, this was fun and it's super easy to do.

After I finish the first one I went online and did some research. It turns out that some people are giving instructions and files to use as templates, and theirs also contemplate a 400 point breadboard beside it. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:716

Thank you for checking my instructables out.

Cheers
PC

Step 6: Bonus Round - Putting Breadboard Next to Arduino

Come on !!!!!!

Would you guys really think, after I researched and found the holder with the breadboard attached, that I would stop with my little thing??? LOL

So, for this bonus round we will build the big brother version. :)

The initial steps are exactly like the little brother version:

- you measure (in this case the board are 3.5" X 4.75");
- mark;
- cut;
- sand;
- place the breadboard and the arduino to double check the size;
- mark the hole on the acrylic with the sharpie pen;
- drill;
- remove the protective plastic;
- install the standoffs;
- install the rubber bumpers (now we are going to use 6 of them);
- install the arduino;
- install the breadboard.

Any questions regarding any steps described here, please refer to this instructables. :)

The breadboard comes with double side tape, all you have to do is peel it off and attach the breadboard to the holder. I believe pictures will be self-explanatory.

Thank you one more time and I hope you guys have fun.

PC

Comments

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R Jordan Kreindler made it! (author)2016-07-11

Great job. I now use an experimental platform for the UNO, but your post adds some interesting possibilities.

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MoniCris made it! (author)2015-08-31

Verry clear and nice. Useful instructable.

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dudes made it! (author)2014-10-09

Very nice! I'm definitely going to make one of these, with the breadboard.

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omnibot made it! (author)2010-10-25

Sweet, I just ordered my first Arduino UNO. Inspired by this Ible I decided to add a breadboard and do this.

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pcapelo made it! (author)pcapelo2010-10-26

I end up buying another one and a Ethernet shield. LOL

thnak you for checking it out and send some pictures of you arduino and the base :)

cheers

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2010-11-01

I will, got it a few days ago and realized I have some old aluminium and plexi frames in the basement, it's going to be soo cool.

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the_burrito_master made it! (author)2010-10-26

The first version didn't catch my eye but the one with the bread board whoa! I'm building.

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pcapelo made it! (author)pcapelo2010-10-27

LOL. I had the same felling when I saw it for the first time too. :) Thats why I end up with a bonus round. LOL

cheers

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the_burrito_master made it! (author)the_burrito_master2010-10-27

We have the same bread boards btw, I put a few wires that were a little to thick in some places, witch loosened the prongs on each one it is there any way I can go in and tighten the prongs again?

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pcapelo made it! (author)pcapelo2010-10-29

I believe you can open the breadboard from below and get access to the prongs.

cheers

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the_burrito_master made it! (author)the_burrito_master2010-10-29

thanks

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gamini made it! (author)2010-10-17

Thank you for your efforts

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Infinitevortex made it! (author)2010-10-16

Nice project, and a great use for those standoff's I've been collecting! Thanks.

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pcapelo made it! (author)pcapelo2010-10-17

hi there,

You see, I have this thing with organization and presentation. I decide to build the holder before I searched the internet for it. I even check instructables and realized there was nothing regarding the subject.

I know you can buy, but nothing like build yourself. :)

cheers

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nanosec12 made it! (author)2010-10-16

Here is a thought, why not use Sugru for the bumpers? Then you can have other colors, besides the standard Black.

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adamazing made it! (author)adamazing2010-10-16

At a guess...price. It's quite expensive. Though to be honest...since I've still got some Sugru fast approaching its BB date, I might re-make this with some blue feetses. :)

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pcapelo made it! (author)pcapelo2010-10-17

Nice.

I never played with sugru, maybe I could get some to see what its all about. Meanwhile I have lots of rubber bumper here. :)

Thank you again

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siliconghost made it! (author)2010-10-17

Very nice. FYI, SpakFun recently released a cheap ($3.95) holder as well: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=10059

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pcapelo made it! (author)pcapelo2010-10-17

Hi there,

I knew that. Before I decide to write the "bonus round" I did a lot of reseach about the subject. Their product look great, but there is nothing like build you own :).

Don forget to include shipping on the price. :)

PC

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kelseymh made it! (author)2010-10-15

Very nice! A couple of your pictures could have used better focus (does your camera have a "macro" menu option?), but it's well written, breezy, and has all the detail for someone to reproduce it.

I'm curious why you chose to use metal standoffs rather than nylon.

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pcapelo made it! (author)pcapelo2010-10-16

Hi there,

Thank you very much.
Well I took the pictures over the course of 2 days, I end up using 2 crappy cameras (iphone 3G and my old faithful sony U20, 2megas also).

The option to use metal standoffs were done by the fact that I had a lot of then around (computer stuff).

Thank you one more time.

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