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Hello,

I'm wondering why I can't seem to find anyone selling 'stripboards', is that just a name people call it? Is it technically called something else?
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Try Veroboard:

http://www.verotl.com/veroboard
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Or type prototype board (or similar) into eBay and take your pick from the hundreds of items that should pop up smiley
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Have a look here.  I had real good luck with these guys on sockets and very inexpensive MAX7219s.

http://www.taydaelectronics.com/hardware/prototyping-boards.html
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You can find some interesting ones on Ebay - there are a few variants made in China that allow you to easily intermix SMT and thru-hole components in the same design (some even have thru-hole plating to act as vias).
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Adafruit make an interesting version of stripboard that's laid out like a breadboard.  It saves time and reduces mistakes when moving from breadboard to PCB.  It's also easier to cut a track without sacrificing a hole, should you need to.  They have various sizes.
http://www.adafruit.com/products/590

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Adafruit Solder able Breadboards... Thank You, Tim7...
Pricey... no not really about $6.50 ea which is close to the retail price of a 'regular' bread board. Solderless breadboards are easily damaged by large pins and parts that have glue on the end of the wires... like diodes that have that tape on the ends of the wires as the glue (stickum stuff) is a poor conductor of electricity, frequently causing intermittent operation. Great looking and well marked and easily adaptable for 2 X xx type of dual row pin connectors like the one on the end of the Mega board or those pesky 2 X 8 LCD connectors. They also look great for 7 seg displays as well, put the displays on top and the components on the bottom. I own a great many 'project' boards as I have looked for a long time for the perfect bread board... Like the girl said "Ya Gotta kiss a lotta Frogs before you find your Prince"... and I have a lotta dead frogs as if they aren't what I want they go into a box... Maybe I will gitaroudtoit... some day and make some kind of "Dead Frog Art" for my Walls or more likely find someone that might use them and make that someone very happy...

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They aren't cheap, but even ordinary Veroboard (without the gold plating or thru-plated holes) can cost the same. 
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Yeah the price is high BUT the fact is that plated through holes are a blessing as I noted before it is possible to place a 2 X strip header for a LCD or for 10 pin SE boards... or? there is enough area for that. On a 'regular' Vero board if your component placement on a BIG part like a half watt resistor or a big electrolytic there is a large possibility of breaking the strip if, 1. it got too hot in the soldering process or 2. if the part was 'pushed on' or moved there is a problem. Rework is always an issue at least for me and these boards are very durable. When I design something I use a regular breadboard... if after I make it work I take the time to 'neaten' it up for I/O and signal flow I have my final product layout laid out and ready to finish and install in whatever case I have selected for the project... It's readily possible to flash a bootloaded processor right on the board... so with some care and attention it is easy to migrate from an Uno and jumpers to a breadboard, to a final completed "Thingie" or what ever your goal was in beginning the effort. The single feature I noticed and really liked was the dual power supply rails. I buy those breadboard power supply's there is one with yellow pins (separators) that can put 3V3 on one rail and 5V on the other or both 5 or... and they cost about $4.00. All I would need to do is solder the supply to one end of the board and my PSU is done. Simple, a little extra cost on the front end and in the process of design you create the final device. Cabling to another board for sensors or control is easy and in the end a real 'semi' professional board is DONE. IMO

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I should have mentioned that I made a second order with Tayda for twenty five of these boards:

http://www.taydaelectronics.com/hardware/prototyping-boards/prototyping-board-142x74mm.html

I just got them today, only took 8 days this time from Thailand.  The quality looks really good.  I got them off an eBay listing rather than the main store, though, and it was even a little bit less expensive.
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Nice big boards but a lot more work than the ones we were talking about. The ones from Adafruit look like the real 830 point breadboards only solder-able... that's what my last post was all about. The ability to transition from a breadboard right to a finished product... Processor and all. FTDI boards are real cheap for programming or com with the computer so it's nearly a done deal... develop the circuitry with a breadboard transition to an on board processor (they're cheap) and then when it works the way it was intended just move the parts to that board and solder them down... Done Deal.

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