Parametric Breadboard Workstation

by thegaragelab, published

Parametric Breadboard Workstation by thegaragelab Jan 9, 2013


This is a breadboard workstation for electronics hobbyists. It involves 3D printed components, some electronics and a little bit of woodwork to construct.

The 3D printed components are provided here, for a full description of the project, and how to build it, please look at http://thegaragelab.com/projects/breadboard-prototyping-station.html

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There are a lot of variables involved in the construction, for a complete description on how to build your own you really need to look at the project page I set up for it - http://thegaragelab.com/projects/breadboard-prototyping-station.html.

The files as provided are set up for the following:

  1. A breadboard size of 175mm x 46mm x 8mm
  2. A front riser of 20mm
  3. A mounting plate at the back 45mm in length

If this is what you need (and you are going to design your own electronics) simply download 'bb_left.stl' and 'bb_right.stl' and print them. If you need to modify the dimensions you need to download 'breadboard.scad', 'bb_left.scad' and 'bb_right.scad' into the same directory and modify the variables at the top of 'breadboard.scad' as needed ('bb_left.scad' and 'bb_right.scad' simply include 'breadboard.scad' to do all the work and then rotate the output so it prints without overhangs).

The file 'power_plate.scad' generates a mounting plate you can use to add sockets and switches to, the 'power_plate.stl' is the one I used for the components I have. If you want a mounting plate you will definitely have to modify the OpenSCAD file for the dimensions you need. I suggest starting with 'power_plate.scad' as a template - it's fairly well documented so you should be able to modify it fairly easily to match your requirements.

As for the woodwork and electronics required - you really need to visit the project page I mentioned above, it's just a bit too much to squeeze into the instructions section here.

If you have any questions or need any help please leave a comment here or at my site and I'll do my best to help you out.