Introduction: Wing Tip Extensions for Arduino

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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.
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

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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

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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

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Cut the boards to size

Step 4: Clean

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Clean off the resist

Step 5: Solder

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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

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


mzeng (author)2012-04-04

What about use rigid-flex board here?

wwtolman (author)mzeng2012-04-05

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

cobourgdave (author)2012-03-08

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

Orngrimm (author)2012-03-05

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! :)

wwtolman (author)Orngrimm2012-03-07

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”

sokamiwohali (author)2012-03-04

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...

Technobly (author)sokamiwohali2012-03-04

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

derte84 (author)2012-03-04

And the led-board attached?

wwtolman (author)derte842012-03-04

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

Kiteman (author)2012-03-04

That's a neat idea.

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