Acrylic Arduino Prototyping Stand
I do a lot of projects with Arduino’s and breadboards. Often as I work on a messy workbench, the Arduino or breadboard get jostled and the wires pop out of the headers or the breadboard. To solve this problem, I decided to make a simple acrylic stand for mounting an Arduino and a breadboard that would prevent them from moving around.
I used a laser cutter to cut the acrylic to size, to cut the holes for mounting the Arduino and to engrave a rectangle on the base to help align the breadboard. Don’t despair if you don’t have access to a laser cutter: you could use a saw to cut the acrylic and a drill press to drill the holes.
There are two versions of the stands: one for the Arduino Duemilanove and Diecimila and one for the Arduino Uno.
The photos show two views of an Uno stand made out of clear acrylic and a Duemilanova stand made out of blue acrylic
I made this at TechShop in Menlo Park.
Step 2: Cut out the stand
I used a 45 watt Epilog Helix laser cutter and used the following settings for the laser. You may need to use different settings depending on what model laser cutter you use.
- 1/4″ acrylic:
- Raster: Speed 50, Power 80
- Vector: Speed 6, Power 90, Frequency 5000
If you don’t have a laser cutter, you can print out the CorelDraw files and use them as a template for cutting and drilling the acrylic.
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