Poduino Case

The ‘Poduino Case’. A protective case for your Arduino (with breadboard work area):

I just received my Arduino Duemilanove and breadboard today. After some careful thought, I realized there is no way this thing could possibly survive daily life on my desk. I saw some great Instructables on plastic cases, and even one that used an iPod Nano case. However, I have little plastic-working abilities, and I’m cheap. I didn’t want to spend any more money…

So… I found my iPod Touch case. Perfect.

Step 1: The Parts

Major Components in Project

Parts list:
Arduino (or compatible)
270 point breadboard
iPod Touch case
Rubber band
Double-sided tape

(what I used)
Ginsu knife
Needle nose pliers
Side cutters
Nail clippers
Carbide scribe

(what I suggest you use)
Rotary tool (Dremel)
Needle nose pliers
Non-permanent marker

Step 2: The Layout

The Layout

I laid the Arduino board next to the breadboard and placed the iPod case on top to get an idea of how much cutting I’d have to do. Luckily, the Arduino board didn’t really need any modification. The breadboard, on the other hand, needed some surgery. In order to get the measurements just right, I had to cut the openings for the USB and power in the case and lay the Arduino board in there.

Step 3: Cut stuff

Time to cut. Lay the board in the case. Put the USB port against the edge. Center the board between the two rounded edges. Mark the locations of the USB port and power socket on the plastic, being sure that the board stays centered. Cut the notches. If you’re really good, you can leave the top lip of the case intact. I didn’t have a Dremel or the patience to do it, so I just cut down into it with the side cutters. Seems to work fine.

Note to self-
Self, clean your fingernails. The whole internet is watching.


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