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Stripboard. Are there any real disadvantages?

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Hal9000:
Hi there,

So far I have only used stripboard for my projects and it works, despite being a bit of a pain.

Is this 'Bit of a pain' the only reason why people etch their boards?  Stripboard circuits may also turn out to be larger, fair enough, but it's cheap and fun!

What do you guys think?

ed1380:
Even though it's bleedin' obvious (or is it?)...... ;D 

Admin:
looks like a pain . . .

JesseWelling:
good for learning to think about everything, not good for fast prototyping when you know what you need to.

Eco19R:
Homebrew PCB aren't that hard - I made one in my garage a day ago.

I use expressPCB, PCB board layout softwear - anyway here are the basic steps to PCB creation just encase anyone didn't know -

Desgin PCB layout - print with laser printer on glossy paper -

Iron on the PCB traces to the board. (literally - use a clothes iron) -

Peel the paper off and touch up with a sharpy any place the toner didn't transfer right.

Submerge in etchant - I use radio shacks Ferric chloride - its "fairly" harmless if you don't heat  up the etchant it'll take about 30  to an hour to etch the board.

Once its done just drill the holes.

I really am not sure how to dispose of the used etchant - radio shack says dilute heavily with water and pour down the drain.

I am gonna check for any chemical disposal places where I live - ( don't want to hurt the environment )

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