Since building it all on breadboard I have been trying to figure out how to build it into a more permanent system. They problem for me is the fact I don’t want to incorporate the Arduino into the permanent system. I want to be able to remove the Arduino and use it for other projects. What I thought of is building the LED drivers and row controllers onto a strip board with wiring sockets for connecting the Arduino.

This sounded great in theory. Trying to design this onto a strip board became challenging. I already had some small pieces of strip board and I thought I could squeeze everything on to the ones I had. This turned out to be a real PAIN!!! but like everything hindsight is 20/20. I pushed ahead and used a program called DIY Layout Creator. I managed to get everything to fit in the design and without a second thought I pressed on and started to make it. It wasn’t until about half way through assembly I realized that a few of my components didn’t match up size wise to the components in DIYLC. Mainly this was the Variable resistor used to limit current output of the LED drivers. Due to the small size of the Strip Board I literally ran out of room and ended up being ‘Creative’ to not have to start all over on a new board. This resulted in me using some single pin sockets to lift the Variable resistor up and then bending the pins to make it all match up. Also it turns out that I forgot a bunch of wire links and have had to be ‘Creative’ again to fix those.  I knew there would be alot of wire links to make all the outputs match up but there ended up being WAY more than I thought.

I don’t have lots of time to work on these projects and it has take me months of spare time here and there to finally get this thing complete. I have photos that I took on my phone that I will upload as soon as I figure out how I am going to organize all of this.

And before anyone asks, no I am not going to post the design I used. In reality the strip board piece I used was WAY to small. If I every build another one it will be bigger and better laid out and I will post that design. Or the schematics I based all this off are on the Evil Mad Scientist website. Find the latest version and customize the board for what you want.