Flower ProtoBoard Evolutionary History

there is not cirque in the middle of flower pad

Since we  released the flower protoboard, we have received a lot of suggestions. Thank you for all you have done for us. In order to give you a more in-depth understanding of our Flower serials, we will give you a brief description of the evolution of the Flower family history,which I hope  will give you more ideas and imagination.

We are always thinking about what kind of protoboard is the most convenient for us.What  can we improve the traditional protoboard? We found that it was hard to use point-to-point wiring on the traditional protoboard. It  need lots of practice and solder, and most  of them were  wasted. Besides,it was hard to solder SMD devices on traditional protoboard. However, SMD devices are very popular nowadays.

Therefore, we aimed at such applications and put forward a new protoboard requirements.

  • At first, it must be compatible with the traditional protoboard, Including all the features and benefits of traditional protoboard.
  • Secondly, it must be able to solder some SMD devices.
  • Finally, It must fit for beginners, easy enough to solder and wire. Maximize saving solder. We think that is flower protoboard’s biggest innovation for protoboard.

Version 1

In accordance with this requirement, we have produced the first protoboard. As the following picture shows that we tried two different pads, one is the flower-shaped pad, the other is a square pad.

Flower ProtoBoard v1 - flower-shaped pad

Flower ProtoBoard v1 - flower-shaped pad

Flower ProtoBoard v1 -square pad

Flower ProtoBoard v1 -square pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flower protoboard has been largely achieved our requirements, you can solder SMD .components easily.

Flower ProtoBoard v1 - flower-shaped pad

Flower ProtoBoard v1 - flower-shaped pad

Flower ProtoBoard v1 -square pad

Flower ProtoBoard v1 -square pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However point-to-point wiring is not optimism, it is still need a lot of solder.

Traditional protoboard - point-to-point wiring

Traditional protoboard - point-to-point wiring

Flower PrototBoard - point-to-point wiring

Flower PrototBoard - point-to-point wiring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As traditional bread board, AB solder joint is destroyed when you solder BC joint( between point B and point C). You need to solder AB joint again, and it may destroy the another joint at this time. Solder again and again, not only troublesome, but also a waste of solder.

AB solder joint is destroyed when you solder BC joint

AB solder joint is destroyed when you solder BC joint

AB solder joint is destroyed when you solder BC joint

AB solder joint is destroyed when you solder BC joint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this is our first failed version. In our analysis, maybe the reason of  wiring difficult is the long distance between the pad.  So we decided to make improvements in the next version.

too long distance between the pad

too long distance between the pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Version 2

This version, we shortened the distance between the pads, increased pad area of ​​the petals, and eliminated the square pad.

shorter the distance between the pads

shorter the distance between the pads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It easier to wiring between pads and solder SMD devices. But there is still a fatal problem. The solder often flow to other  ‘petals’ when you wiring. Finally, becoming very thick solder. It did not achieve the purpose of saving solder.

flow to other  ‘petals’

flow to other ‘petals’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we decided to continue the development of the next version. After analysis,We found that the reason of solder flow to orther ‘petals’ is one more cirque in the middle of flower pad. The cirque is indeed a seemingly insignificant factor, but it cause the failure of the PCB.

there is not cirque in the middle of flower pad

there is not cirque in the middle of flower pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Version 3

We learned the lessons of the version 1 and version 2 failure. Maximum  reduce the distance between the pad, remove the center cirque. And test 2 layers PCB and single layer PCB. We finally get a satisfactory results.

test 2 layers PCB and single layer PCB.

test 2 layers PCB and single layer PCB.

petals’

petals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Version 4

Flower v2.2 protoboard is based on version 2 and learned the lessons of previous 3 versions. It has been fully able to meet our original intention to develop new protoboard.

Flower v2.2 protoboard

Flower v2.2 protoboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the following picture shouwn that it just need a very small amount of solder when use point-to-point wiring. AB and BC joints are independent of each other. So, you can avoid destroying AB joint when solder Bcjoint. This obviously makes the wiring easier.

Flower compare traditional protoboard with point-to-point wiring

Flower compare traditional protoboard with point-to-point wiring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time we produced 20 pcs Flower Mega ProtoBoard for sample.

So we encourage guys who are experienced engineer or with extensive welding experience, and willing to write a test comment for us. Welcome to request for free product samples. Please send you request to : services@elecfreaks.com

Request Sample Format:

—· Willing to write a test report or comment for flower ProtoBoard.  You can post on yourself Blog or electronics enthusiast Form, please send the post link to us. Of course you also could feedback your report to us or within the post. Any suggestion to improve the Flower ProtoBoard Series is Welcome.

—· Contact person and phone number

—· Shipping address

 

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  1. site

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  2. Luís Filipe

    I have sent you an email with my details but with no response for a long time…is this normal?

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  3. KeithFroCanada

    Great looking product! It occurs to me that a CNC rig with a dot-solder head would trivialize creating traces.

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  4. Avik

    Now this is something awesome! No more etching for small SMD circuits. Firstly, I’m gonna try and make a uber-tiny Arduino on this!
    When will it up for sale? I’d love to try it!

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  5. Christian Wilhelmsen

    Truly amazing guys, great work! Working in research and development with -a lot- of prototyping semi-high frequency circuits with smd’s, this could really speed up the process.

    Would love to get my hands on some of these, but I guess you guys don’t wanna ship all the way to Norway ;)

    Again, great work!

    - Christian

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    1. robi (Post author)

      Hi Christian,

      Thanks for your intestest. We are accept sample request right now, please send your information include to our services@elecfreaks.com .

      We will shipping the sample with HONGKONG POST. Don’t worry, usually it can delivery mostly of the word.
      Only a matter of time :)

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