October 03, 2014

Making your own customised Arduino Mega shield

Making your own PCBs is an interesting and popular rite of passage for many Arduino and electronics enthusiasts, and also a great way of compressing larger circuits you may have on a solderless breadboard back to a more compact and reliable format. However doing so can present a challenge, until now.

Instructables member DavidW10 has provided the foundation of a Mega shield by publishing his design file that can be used with Diptrace PCB software to add your own circuitry to the design. He runs through with a quick explanation of adding components, connecting them on the PCB and using the auto-router. You can use the free version of Diptrace with this project, which in itself is an interesting alternative to other PCB software.

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When working on your own projects based on an Arduino Mega or EtherMega that require external circuitry or wiring - and you're not up for making a PCB - consider using a Freetronics Protoshield Mega. It includes the male header pins and a reset button to fit, and is also a little shorter to allow space for the RJ45 socket on an EtherMega. For more information and to order, visit the product page

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