Your timing is perfect! This month, subscribers to HackerBoxes are building a jumbo-sized, functioning replica of the 555 chip from discrete transistors. We are also working on several experiments based upon the venerable 555 timer chip, which is the integrated circuit that has sold more units than any other chip in the entire history of semiconductors. The 555 has already earned its place in history while still widely in use to this day.
This Instructable contains information for working with HackerBoxes #0004. HackerBoxes is the monthly subscription box service for electronics hobbyists, makers, and hackers. If you would like to receive a box like this right to your mailbox each month, please SUBSCRIBE HERE and join the HackerBoxes adventure!
Even if you are not a HackerBoxes subscriber, you can still join in the fun using your own materials and equipment. Also, you can get a Three Fives Kit from our friends over at Evil Mad Scientist and you can find various 555 project kits from our friends over at Nightfire Electronics.
This month we made a BOXING VIDEO while packing the box. Have a look.
EXPLOSIVE! Please Note that some of the capacitors are electrolytic capacitors. These are polarized, which means that each capacitor has a positive lead and a negative lead. The polarity of such capacitors needs to be used properly within the circuit or the capacitor may explode, rupture, or otherwise fail.
PART ALLOCATION! Also note that some of the components in this list (and in the HackerBoxes) are required for building the Three Fives Kit. It would be wise to pull all of these out (and maybe just go ahead and build the Thee Fives Kit) prior to consuming any of the components in other projects or experiments. Here are the specific items from the parts list that are needed for the Three Fives:
The list above is a general list of items needed for the projects and experiments presented here. Please note that the exact characteristics of contents within a particular HackerBox may vary by color, type, manufacturer, count, or so forth due to sourcing and bulk packing.