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This instructable will show you how to make neat, efficient and cool-looking proto, or circuit boards.  These are great for beginners because they allow you to see all components and how each piece is connected, which is sometimes difficult with traditional boards, as you have to constantly flip the board to see what is connected where.

I came up with this idea a few years ago because I had a lot of scrap Lexan sitting around and I wanted to know what I could do with it.  At the same time I was building a great many circuits and going through the expensive Radio Shack proto boards, wishing I had a cheaper alternative. Then I had the idea to solve the 2 problems with my left over Lexan pieces.
 
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Step 1: Gather all the supplies.

In order to make Learning Circuits you will need a few items:

1. 1/8" Lexan sheet. (8x10 from Home Depot is only $3.89)
2. Circuit components (For this ible I only used 1 resistor and 1 Blue LED)
3. Tool for cutting Lexan. (Next to the Lexan at Home Depot)
4. Solder and solder iron.
5. Tape, glue, a lighter and candle.

(Notice my custom cardboard component holder) get it here http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Component-Storage/
Tbus9 months ago

Wow this is awesome. I'm taking a basic electronics course from home right now

(http://www.ciebookstore.com/electronics-circuits-and-design-courses)

but this instructable takes it to the next level of coolness! Thank you.

dls34912 years ago
you could use a drill and a very small drill bit
pfred22 years ago
I make circuits sort of like how you describe but I use plain phenolic board to build them on. I design the boards just like I am going to etch them in software then instead of etching them I print out the board on paper, tack the print out onto a piece of board, drill holes, and assemble the circuit point to point.

It is how I made these:

http://www.instructables.com/id/TB6560-Microstepping-Bipolar-Chopper-Stepper-Motor/

It is kind of nice because I don't have to worry too much about how the traces route. Just how the parts are laid out.

ixisuprflyixi (author)  pfred22 years ago
You're exactly right. I don't like worrying about the traces either. Plus these circuits have the added bonus of being easily reverse engineered because the proto board is transparent. I have been teaching anyone that wants to know electronics using these boards and it has been just one more useful pedagogical device. Thanks for looking! Your instructable is awesome BTW.
I'm glad you liked it.

I'm happy with how it came out. One problem I have had has been using boards a bit too thick for some component legs. That can make it hard for me to assemble. If I ever run out of phenolic board I might try your see through plastic idea though. Stuff is easy enough to get. I worry about its ability to withstand the temperature of soldering though.

I've a few other electronics related articles up on this site too. I think some are better than my motor driver one. So if you liked that one then give them a look when you get the chance.