Wing Tip Extensions for Arduino

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Introduction: Wing Tip Extensions for Arduino

Greetings,
One late night of web surfing I came across some 45 Degree Extension boards.
Thinking to myself “Wow!” that’s cool and then I looked at the price…$27.00 before S&H.
“Yikes!”
I’ve been looking for an excuse to learn Eagle PCB layout software and this was the project I decided to cut my teeth on…”Wing Tip Extension” was born!

Step 1: Layout

PCB Layout, I’m sure this took longer than it should have but I did learn a lot building this simple board.

I designed this to work with the Ardunio UNO R3 board so that's why there are extra pads than normal.

Step 2: Etch

Printed the layout on transparency sheets with my laser printer.
Used a Pre-sensitized Board, and 10 min exposure with a fluorescent lamp.
Standard etching technique were used.

Step 3: Cut

Cut the boards to size

Step 4: Clean

Clean off the resist

Step 5: Solder

Solder the male & female headers
10 pin & 8 pin for the board on the left
6 pin & 8 pin for the board on the right

Step 6: Use

Install and use!
As you can see I don't have an R3 board to use...but the extra pins are not an issue.

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    What about use rigid-flex board here?

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    uhm, sure. It all depends on how much 'wobble' you want. ;)

    Great idea, simple yet effective, makes things easier to access

    Heyhey! The simplicity is just... Brilliant!

    There are things you didnt even knew and as soon as you get to know them, you cannot immagine a life without them (Also unofficially called the IKEA-Effect).
    Thats exactly such a thing.

    Will not use your layout however, but will try to make my own to get used to the complete process from schematic till the endproduct. Thanks a LOT for the brilliant idea! :)

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    The funny thing is, I never thought I would use them…but now I do.
    And they have spawned a augmentation that I will be posting up soon.
    I like that “IKEA-Effect”

    sorry for asking a relatively dumb question but...what is the wing tip extension used or? i am assuming it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with aviation in any way...

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    Look up above... putting shields on a 45 degree angle of course ;-)

    The shield is a ‘Colors Shield v.1.1’ with an 60mm 8x8 LED Matrix attached.

    That's a neat idea.