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I don't really use plated through proto-board, so I cant really help there.
Normally I build on breadboard, (obviously) then move to matrix board with point to point wiring http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MATRIX-CIRCUIT-BOARD-PROTOTYPING-PCB-750-HOLE-94X71mm-/160499456041?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item255e835829#ht_2956wt_905 very cheap and personally I find it a lot easier than strip board.

Then I etch on double sided copper clad board, but I lay it out carefully as I know my holes wont be plated through.

But Matrix board gets my vote for quick, cheap, hassle free prototyping. smiley-lol
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Mainly plated-through proto boards, including those that may have surface-mount sections.  I am looking at boards that could be used by serious experimenters/developers and support using sockets and connectors that would have secure connections to both sides.

That said, if someone really likes a board without plated-through and finds it productive and cost-effective I'd like see that too!

I may have some boards built.. if anyone has Eagle/other files for a board they like, I'd like to see that too  smiley

Thanks!


Something like this?  http://www.aztecmcu.com/catalog/i44.html
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I like the  Velleman ECS1/2 "island of holes" boards for prototyping.
High quality, evenly spaced hole with good pads.
Board is the same 80x100mm that free version of eagle supports too, so if the prototype fits, am pretty sure an eagle created version will fit.

ECS1-H for bigger projects, 100x160mm.

I don't do much point to point soldering tho, preferring wirewrap/sockets for everything. Way easier to fix mistakes or to implement design changes.
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I don't do much point to point soldering tho, preferring wirewrap/sockets for everything.

I used to wirewrap everything too; I had access to IBM proto boards with plated through holes and voltage and ground planes.  I wonder what the response would be if I included some wirewrap sockets and pins, and wire in my Prototyping offerings.

How many people feel wirewrap [(c)Gardner-Denver] is something they now use or might use??

Anyone know of a good low-cost stripper and wrap tool?? 

Oh, and an UNwrap tool. Unless you're a lot better than me...
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I do a lot with the Vero wire system, I have been using it for years and as long as you don't use it for power distribution it is fine.

I also have a supply of funnelets which are small tapered hollow tubes that you can use to effectively make a plated through hole for use on a home made double sided PCB. I have had them for many years and I don't know if they sell them any more. I can remember they were horrendously expensive but I needed them to mound an IC on the wrong side of the board after a layout error.
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@CrossRoads, @terryking228

What tools and parts would I have to buy in order to get me started in wire wrapping/unwrapping? Price is non relevant.

Is Kynar AWG30 wire adequate for that?
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My preferred wirewrap tool is the Oki Tools WSU-30

http://www.jonard.com/jonard-ecommerce/control/product/~category_id=HAND_WRAP_TOOLS_1/~product_id=10021
Wraps, unwraps, and has a stripper built in to the middle.

Wirewrap sockets from your supplier of choice
One example
http://www.king-cart.com/phoenixent/product_name=HWS4470/category=SOCKETS+WIRE+WRAP+DIP+%2526+SIP/exact_match=exact

Layout the sockets, solder down the sockets, each end of a strip and maybe one pin in the middle, and wrap away.

I believe everyone here that has looked into it as a new assembly method has liked it.
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Thank you, that's great!   smiley

I thought I would've had to buy more things. These wirewrap tools you prefer are very affordable, considering the benefits of the ww system. I found them right there on the Phoenix pages you suggested. And they have the Regular (WSU-30) and the Modified (WSU-30M) versions. Do you know what the difference is?

I've read about how strong can a 7 turn wirewrap connection on square pins be. You actually get 28 airtight contact poins if you do it right. Connections to last. I remember the vintage super computers of my time were even built with lots of wire wrapping, and the same applied for phone companies networks. Am I correct?

Okay, dokay, I will work on redesigning my model railroad projects, in order to include wire wrapping.

Thanx again!
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+1 wirewrap, its really much less tedious than soldering a pile of connections with loose wire

I just use a 6$ radioshack tool, but its great for 6 bucks ... you got to get a feel for the cheap tool or it will snap wires like crazy, but once you do its like twisting a jewelers screwdriver and you can go at it pretty fast.

it unwraps as well, considering its cheap radio shat stuff its pretty darn good for a trip to the mall

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103243

they sell the wire too, but not the sockets, though in a pinch some square pin male headers work well enough
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Thank you for the +1, your @ssh0leiness,   smiley

I concur. Wire wrapping must be the future.   smiley-twist
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your @ssh0leiness

hehe, it fits the picture, was given to me by a sparkfun shrill, and its mostly true as well  smiley-twist

Though I admit I went on that radio shack advertisement misreading your location, I thought it was N(ew) Mexico at a glance ... I dont even know if radio shack is a thing in real Mexico (only been a few times and could not care any less about radio shack while there lol)
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Sorry Osgeld, just kiddin' , perdón, I apologize but I always like to joke with friends   smiley

Have you really been to MonteRRey (not CA but South of the border, down Mexico way). Monterrey as in "Old Blue Eyes" Frankie, "It happened in Monterrey, a long time ago".

And yes, there's a local Radio Shack. And you know what, ... it stinks. Instead I would recommend many other nicer places to enjoy yourself and of course offer you our hospitality.

See Osgeld, most of the guys did not like the solder rings I found, while searching for another part, but then again, who cares, as a by product of this thread and CrossRoads' suggestions, we are rediscovering WIRE WRAPPING as an excellent, and maybe a bit forgotten, tool.

BTW: If anybody noticed a great advantage on of the solder rings, is that they completely free one of your hands when soldering.

¡Salud, Osgeld, I invite you to a cold beer or a single malt whenever you come down here!   smiley-lol

PS: I'm also a mathematician so, does Osgeld really  == @assh0le?. Somehow I don't think so !!!   smiley
PPS: Oh shoot, just kiddin' again.  ¡Gracias y bienvenido! smiley-twist
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OK, YourDuino.com is looking for low-cost WireWrap tools, wire etc.  I have a lot of WW sockets and I need to ship them TO China..   I will have them in our "ProtoTyping" section..

Anyone who has never seen this: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wirewrap

A couple of photos:



I have wirewrapped, um, yes - thousands of wires.  Most of them > 20 years ago.

A free wirewrap tool and some wire and a few sockets to the first person who tells us what this means:

"Dog Three is VCC  and Dog Eight is Ground" 
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@bibre,
I have WSU-30M apparantly.  Looks just like the one in the picture above.
The M means modified. Have to read the Oki tools description, somehow it lets the wires wrap a little differently to start.
The long end wraps, the the short end unwraps.

@Terry,
Pin D3 is connected to Vcc, Pin D8 is connected to ground.
D being the 4th strip, 3rd & 8th holes.
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I'd like boards that have the same layout as the solderless breadboards, so we can transfer right over.
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