No-Solder Arduino Breadboard Shield




About: Jack Of All Trades

The goal of this instructable is to make a no solder arduino breadboard shield like this one:

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Step 1: You Will Need

Parts list:

Super glue*
Mini breadboard size 4.5x3.5 cm
Arduino pin headers**

* Hot glue wont cut it
** Normal female pin headers can also work

Optional, but recommended:

Small clamps
Sand paper

Step 2: Sanding

Sand the breadboard and the pin header sides lightly.

This will do two things:
1. it will help the glue to stick better.
2. The breadboard is slightly too big so a little sanding doesn't hurt.

Step 3: Glue

Set the pin headers into the arduino if you have one at your disposal - If not skip this step.

Apply some super glue to the breadboard sides and smooth it out with a piece of paper or anything else suitable. Just be careful it doesn't stick to your workspace desk when you put it down.

Apply glue to the pin headers - be careful, you don't want glue in your arduino!

Clamp both parts together or hold them with your hands (be care ful not to get glue on you).

Once it cures... you're done :)

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    6 Discussions

    Robot Lover

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great Job! When I first saw the picture, I thought you had glued the breadboard directly to the arduino! Anyway, this is a great, cheap way to have a prototyping area on an arduino.

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    EirinnRobot Lover

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Haha thank you, I'm crazy allright, but not that crazy :o)

    The main problem when making shields and prototyping is that the pin headers are displaced a bit. So unless one wants to drill a pegboard to fit it's really hard to make a quick shield.

    Before i glued them together i squished the breadboard in between the headers which was... well ok, but i can't recommend this step without the glue.

    Robot LoverEirinn

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I have made countless shields that sit really weirdly on the arduino. If you bend one set of the digital pins like in this picture, they should fit in the arduino and the proto-board without any hassle. Although, these are extra long female header pins but you can do the same thing for male header pins.

    EirinnRobot Lover

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice tip thx :)

    This was the easiest way to do it for me. Etching a baord to add headers and a breadboard seemed overkill when all i had to do was to add some glue :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Watch out for getting glue into the female headers on the arduino, it's not fun to get out.

    1 reply

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes this is true! If not impossible - maybe i should write a warning...