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A breadboard also known as protoboard is a type of solderless electronic circuit building.You can build a electronic circuit on a breadboard without any soldering ! Best of all it is reusable. It was designed by Ronald J Portugal of EI Instruments Inc. in 1971.

Building or prototyping circuits on a breadboard is also known as 'breadboarding '.In this instructable I will guide you how to use a modern breadboard to make simple circuits.
 
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Step 1: Types of breadboard

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There are various types of breadboard.Breadboard can be found in various sizes and functions.Early amateur radio hobbists used cutting board for bread to prototype there radios thus the name breadboard came.
Some breadboards got built-in powersupply,some got power supply rail and some got only the prototyping section.

Step 2: How it works

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Basically, a bread board is an array of conductive metal clips encased in a box made of white ABS plastic, where each clip is insulated with another clips. There are a number of holes on the plastic box, arranged in a particular fashion. A typical bread board layout consists of two types of region also called strips. Bus strips and socket strips. Bus strips are usually used to provide power supply to the circuit. It consists of two columns, one for power voltage and other for ground.

Socket strips are used to hold most of the components in a circuit. Generally it consists of two sections each with 5 rows and 64 columns. Every column is electrically connected from inside.

Nickel Silver clips hold the components.

You can find more over here http://www.engineersgarage.com/insight/how-breadboard-works
russ_hensel2 months ago

Just a note to let you know I have added this ( a year ago ) to the instructable:

Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Breadboards: A Meta Instructable

>> http://www.instructables.com/id/Comprehensive-Gui...

Take a look at a bunch of project involving breadboards.

Great instructional, Sir! I thought I had it figured out, but your presentation helped concrete it all. Thanks!

are you just arbitrarily placing the positive and negative wires that connect to the battery? or is there a specific reason that the negative lead is at 16 and the positive is at 21?

It is arbitrary.
And the only reason he has them where they are is so they are in the picture.
If you remember from the first page, there is just a complete metal strip running under the + and - columns (the text is printed on as if columns, but you work on them sideways as if rows). The connections could have been anywhere.

If you notice the bare jumpers running across the board at the left, those just bridge the power columns. It seems odd to me to do it that way but everyone works different.

I know i'm late but this might help other who stumble upon this. From other tutorials I have seen on it and examining the strips of metal in the breadboard in the picture before, I believe that it was just arbitrarily placed.

shams (author)  Rank Penguin1 year ago

you can use any hole as long the power track is the same

filippo695 months ago

5eboards breadboards make it easy to customize and learn circuits. Check them out.

http://www.5eboard.com

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hassanali43138 months ago

how many holes are there in a breadbord...????

the most common ones have 400

Tbus1 year ago

I'm enrolled in a learn-at-home certificate course in Basic Electronics
(http://www.ciebookstore.com/basic-electronics-cour...) and this breadboard instructable supplemented my lab experiments and was a great review before taking my final exam! Thank you!

shams (author)  Tbus9 months ago

you are wellcome :)

Well made instructable.
I love how you went the extra step to pull a breadboard apart to explain it even better.
shams (author)  NathanWilliams1 year ago

Thanks :)

pfred22 years ago
That's not a breadboard, now this is a breadboard!
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shams (author)  pfred21 year ago

hahaha xD

great instructions! helped me lot
shams (author)  argha halder1 year ago

hahaha Dhonnobadh :3

dunnos2 years ago
heh heh, there's this guy at school who always gives me bullshit about how I am not tidy and how I use too much glue. Your breadboarding skills are great!
shams (author)  dunnos2 years ago
haha...thnks man :D
d1ndian2 years ago
nice stepler trick lol
shams (author)  d1ndian2 years ago
:D thanks ....my girl friend gave me that idea :P
lemon rind3 years ago
Why can't my breadboarded circuits look that beautiful?
I'm currently asking myself the same question.
shams (author)  airborne823 years ago
Looks like I have to make another instructable about HOW TO BREADBOARD NEAT AND TIDIY ( which looks awesome !) 8D
shams (author)  lemon rind3 years ago
just try not to overlap wires and imagine your breadbead as a pcb.....actually when I breadboard I always think of designing PCB, that how all the wires stay neat !
Machine3 years ago
Gee, you are very neat and tidy. All my breadboarding is very untidy!

You are showing the way for a better way, thank you.

Also, that is a great picture of a vacuum tube amplifier.
shams (author)  Machine3 years ago
Thanks man for your nice comment !

Trust me I just love to keep my circuits and guitars clean and tidy but my room is super untidy 8D !!

Yeah thats a Vintage radio ,10 watt maybe,not sure though !
tzq33tdq3 years ago
what is the first picture of??? it looks cool
shams (author)  tzq33tdq3 years ago
Its a circuit about pararrel to shift register......not mine though bt i tried to made one...