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Electronics => Electronics => Topic started by: dannyboy1121 on May 21, 2010, 02:43:37 AM

Title: PCB Question
Post by: dannyboy1121 on May 21, 2010, 02:43:37 AM
Hello folks,

I purchased the following PCB for my $50 bot:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102845# (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102845#)

Now, I'm entirely new to electronics so apologies if I ask the obvious - but the copper print on this board spans multiple holes in some areas. Does this mean that those holes (and anything I solder in to them) is automatically connected? If so I guess I'll have to shuffle the board components round to see if I can get a match with the tutorial that suits the board?

Silly question I know - but i have to start somewhere :)
Title: Re: PCB Question
Post by: Razor Concepts on May 21, 2010, 03:58:46 AM
Yup you are correct. For something like the $50 robot one of those PCBs may actually be easier because you won't have to go crazy connecting a bunch of pins  :)
Title: Re: PCB Question
Post by: paulstreats on May 21, 2010, 04:06:01 AM
I often use PCB's like that for prototyping, it reduces the need of wires to connect things.

You can usually scrape the copper off with a hobby knife (handheld tungsten carbide tipped tile scorers are great for scraping the copper) where you dont want it connected
Title: Re: PCB Question
Post by: dannyboy1121 on May 21, 2010, 04:27:06 AM
Thanks guys. Much appreciated.