I'm sitting and staring at my project box (glumly) and thinking about Packaging (the worst part of every project!). Just about decided to use a Mega/Due protoshield. But as I stare at my Due I see that the small headers inside the board perimeter (ICSP, SPI, JTAG and DEBUG) have pins sticking up plenty far enough to contact the pins of components soldered into the shield board above.
I was going to leave those component pins long, see, so I could wire wrap on the back of the shield. Hmm.
If I use extra long female header pins can I perhaps elevate the shield high enough so that component/socket pins will miss the conductive stuff below? Or alternatively, is there any reason why I shouldn't take a pair of sharp di-cutters to my Due and chop off all those pesky unused pins?
A shield would definitely be the best way to package everything compactly, but I don't want to get all my components soldered onto the shield board and then find out there are dangerous mechanical conflicts with the Due board below. Hrrmph. Any advice from those who have already stuck shields on Dues/Megas would be welcome.
[afterhought] oh DOH! although everyone shows female long-pin headers being used to attach shields, there's no reason I couldn't use regular M/M pins which would elevate the shield somewhat... since I'm not planning to stack any further shields on it. I've been looking around for even longer m/m header pins but so far no luck, can only find the standard length.