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Construction of Electronic Projects

These pages give general advice for the construction of electronics projects.



Types of circuit board

If you are building a project from this website or a magazine the type of circuit board will have been decided for you. These are the three most important types:
  • Breadboard - temporary, no soldering required.
    Ideal for temporary circuits, testing purposes and to try out an idea. No soldering is required and all the components can be re-used afterwards. It is easy to change connections and replace components.
  • Stripboard - permanent, soldered.
    Stripboard has parallel strips of copper track on one side. It requires no special preparation other than cutting to size.
  • Printed circuit board (PCB) - permanent, soldered.
    PCBs are designed specially for each circuit and make construction easy with less chance of putting components in the wrong place. Projects with ready-made PCBs are great for beginners and make it possible to construct more complex circuits. Producing a PCB requires specialist equipment and chemicals or the services of a PCB manufacturer.


If you want to try adapting projects or designing you own circuits you may wish to buy a Starter kit of components.

MitchElectronics MitchElectronics offers an economical PCB manufacturing service which is ideal for hobbyists. They also supply a number of low-cost project kits which use a PCB. For an introductory period MitchElectronics have kindly agreed to offer a 10% discount on all orders placed by Electronics Club website visitors. To claim your discount simply quote the promotional code ELECCLUB when placing your order.


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