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The Raspberry Pi is a great little board just ripe for hardware hacking and the quickest way to build hardware is on breadboard.

So we are going to build a small adapter that will connect the signals from the RPi Expansion Header to your breadboard.

You can find some of my earlier Raspberry Pi projects on my blog which is here :-)




Step 1: Materials and tools

We don't need much in the way of parts or tools to build the adapter:

Parts:

1x 26-W IDC Box Header 2.54mm
2x 13-W Pin Strips 2.54mm
1x piece of Veroboard / Strip Board
1x 26-W Ribbon Cable with 26-W IDC Headers

Tools:

Cutters
Pliers
Sharp Knife or Scalpel
Small Screw Driver
Vice or helping hands
Soldering Iron
Multimeter or Continuity Tester

<p>NOTE - On the Pi2 and Pi 3 you need to change this to:</p><p>1x 40-W IDC Box Header 2.54mm<br><br>2x 20-W Pin Strips 2.54mm<br><br>1x 40-W Ribbon Cable with 40-W IDC Headers</p><p>And</p><p>If you're a noob like me, when you buy the Box Header and Pin Strips make sure to order 2.54mm pitch. Less than 2.54mm will get you pins that are to close together.</p><p>Thx for a great project!</p>
<p>Just a note to let you know I have added this ( a year ago ) to the instructable:</p><p> Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Breadboards: A Meta Instructable</p><p>&gt;&gt; <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Comprehensive-Guide-to-Electronic-Breadboards-A-Me/" rel="nofollow"> http://www.instructables.com/id/Comprehensive-Gui...</a></p><p>Take a look at a bunch of ideas for using breadboards.</p>
<p>Well Done! I've been using a set of pins I pulled from an old 16-bit graphics board I rescued from a hospital surplus hardware store. (machine was a 386SX based, used an old graphics capture board I couldn't find software for anymore, but had 3 80-pin array connectors, I took the longer side of a 26-pin section, and did a sloppy double-90 degree bend to the pins, just enough to get to the center rows of the breadboard. This method, would make a far cleaner connection!</p>
Not a complex project, but very useful. <br>This is the sort of thing the Pi was designed to inspire.
you got that right
Thanks for the 'ible. I was just about to do the same thing and was wondering how to solder the headers so that they would not be too short. I had never though of simply pushing the pins further ! Thanks for the tip :-)
nice <br>

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