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Custom and cheap USB A plug

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Note:
I know that this shouldn't be in the robot competition, I have tried to remove it but the FAQ pretty much say that the only thing I can do is sit it out.

How to make a USB A plug (the one that goes into the computer/hub) from a piece of veroboard, you can also use this method with you own etched PCB.

This is my very first instructable, so wish me good luck :)

I got the idea from a USB flash drive I saw, I thought it was quite novel.

Firstly lets get the boring/important bit out of the way:
Disclaimer
If you do not check you sizing and connections of every step you could possibly short out you motherboard/hub which can have disastrous effect (see picture of hard disk)
By constructing this instructable you hereby agree that any damaged caused by carelessness or faulty wiring is responsibility of the person who is constructing the device that causes the damage. I take no responsibility :)

The position and spacing of the veroboard strips is very important, you need to make sure it sits perfectly centre and doesn't short connections. Also keep in mind the sides of the USB socket will be ground connection.

Make sure you have the tools you need:

a sharp knife
A file
some veroboard
some bulking material (veroboard, copper clad, plastic, etc. something that is fileable)
soldering Iron
glue gun (and glue sticks) - Optional
super glue.

you should also have a pair of safety glasses too.

edit: I now realize that it was a mistake to put this in the robot contest, but I don't know how to remove it from the competition.
 
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Step 1: Preparing you pieces

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To prepare you will need to file down your veroboard piece so it is slighly wider than the USB socket. do the same for your bulking piece (mine is a piece of copper clad board).
gb784 years ago
I used to make these too, with some similar boards. Nice instructable, 5 stars.
chilll20095 years ago
Look awesome! I rated you 5 stars.
ratgod (author)  chilll20094 years ago
sorry for the late reply:
  thanks, much apreciated
yeah, im a big fan of computer stuff
GWJax6 years ago
Very nice yet simple, But what are you going to do about an outter ground sheild devide for the internal post or will this not have that much effect on most MCU that are connected to it while programming them? Good Job!
ratgod (author)  GWJax4 years ago
Sorry for late reply,
The outer shield is only usually grounded on the host side, which in turn makes the braiding of the USB cable ground and thus the outer shield of the devices connector ground, but the standards say that you should not connect to ground on the device.
The lack of shield should have no effect on a MCU, the flash-drives I pictured above have no shield connection and they work fine.
This is cool. I've used it to make a USB powered LEGO guy. Thanks to this instructable and to <a rel="nofollow" href="http://evilmadscientist.com/">Evil mad scientist labs</a> for the idea of <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/LEDMinifigs">hacking LEDs into LEGO figures</a>.<br/>
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ratgod (author)  Artificial Intelligence5 years ago
That looks pretty cool. The most I've done with mine so far is make a USB - Serial adapter. I was thinking of making an instructable of one as a temperature sensor
ti1125 years ago
Could someone use this instructable to create another for making your own USB/flash/thumb drive or explain here?
ratgod (author)  ti1125 years ago
Hi ti112, Thats something I'm looking into right now. I'm trying to get the MASS Storage stuff from Microchip working under the CCS C compiler. As soon as I get that mastered then I will post an instructable and let you know. Anyone had any experience with this?
hello
does anybody has the circuit diagram of this robot
http://www.robotroom.com/Sandwich.html
i really wanna make this
n don hav money to buy d book or the PCB
You can find a simpler and cheaper line follower schematic here. I've made 2 line following robots with this and I haven't experienced any problems so far.
Leave it in the contest.... POOOOF ! (light bulb appears on littlechefs head....) I am making an instructable which I call THE RED BOX.... and this might be useful..... Good 'ible
ratgod (author)  littlechef376 years ago
What would THE RED BOX be? sound interesting, It would be nice to see how you use the USB idea.
Oh you'll see.... I have yet to add Speakers to THE RED BOX....... and then I can deconstruct, then instruct while I recontruct.......
oskay6 years ago
This is very clever. I like it.
So obvious and yet I never even thought of it. Nice work!
ratgod (author)  p996911turbo6 years ago
They usually say, the most obvious things are the things we see least :)
ratgod (author) 6 years ago
I'm unable to remove it from the competition, I looked in the help and only go this:
Remove an instructable from a contest FAQ which is basically telling me to just sit it out and ignore it.
I tried to unpublish the instructable and re-publish it, but you cannot unpublish an instructable thats in an active contest.
I shall be more careful next time.
Sweet! I like the idea, it's great. Would this work (well, the board part) with 1up's The World's Smallest USB LED Light Instructable? Something like that. Nice job. +1 rating, but I don't think this should be in the Robot Contest...
ratgod (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
I hadn't seen that before you mentioned it, but its the exact same principle except mine doesn't do the "bulking" with solder, but rather adding extra pieces to the board. I wasn't sure if it was right for me to go into the Robot contest, I thought maybe someone could have a use for this in a robot project. thanks for the reply.
try to unpublish, then republish, but this time don't enter it in the competiton
How would this be a robot? Robot's are not just a USB Plug.
ratgod (author)  Itsgoofytime6 years ago
I'm now starting to feel it was a mistake to add it to the the robot competiton, I don't know how to remove it from it. thanks for your reply
Robots are rare to use USB for direct communication. USB can be difficult for any hobbyist, unless you have a dedicated solution. Great idea though, just not in the robot competiton :)
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