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"Pico Uno" Breakout Board for Raspberry Pi Pico

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I really enjoyed Bill's article on

Build a Pico “Uno” – Prototyping with the Pico

I liked it not only for the concept (very well thought out), but because I immediately thought to myself, I can build this. I set about getting parts together, and, as usual, found I was missing a bunch. I was pleased to find Electro Cookie prototype boards that looked more or less like what @dronebot-workshop was using. Here's what I came up with:

Pi Pico breakout board

I tried to follow Bill's example best I could. I tend to "back order" whatever parts I don't have that the video calls for, but in the meantime, use what I have, just make do until the slow shipment arrives. In this case, I didn't have as nice a 6x6 mm pushbutton, but I'll get by 🙄 

Also, note I didn't have the little rubber feet. I'm pursuing a line of investigation where I use thin slices of authentic natural cork, after disposing of the contents of the bottle.

Cheers, jBo

P.S. I did the "level 2" version of this project. I couldn't find a use for the extra, external power option. (Not to mention the extra complexity and even more parts I don't have). I appreciated learning about the power considerations; however, if I'm using it for demos, experiments, testing, then I'm always going to have USB power. Am I missing something?

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That looks really good !

I decided to 3D print an enclosure for mine because I'm clumsy so I knew I'd be fouling up the wiring on the top.

I also added a bunch of female headers to simulate the effect of the underlying breadboard.

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Very nice!  Wish I could convince the “better half” that we really need a 3d printer!

But, alas, she has better (financial) sense than I do!

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@lee-g Ha, sense indeed. Tell her the virtues of an alternate bottle cap opener personalized with Star Trek logos, or emblem of <insert favorite sports team here>.  🤩 

@will - Yes, that's a very nice enclosure, as you said keeping extraneous wires out of the way. And yours has a power switch. I have to admit, the first thing my wife said was, "Is that the power switch," and I had to explain, no, that was the reset button, . . . but it was just as good as a power switch, really. 😯 

I did just get a Prusa Mini Plus, after biding my time lo these many years. I'm investigating boxes, covers, enclosures via Thingiverse + OpenSCAD. Who knew mechanical design could be so complicated?

--John

In theory, theory and practice are the same.
In practice, they're different.


   
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