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MakerShield Kit

Design your own shields and create "permanent prototypes" for use with microcontrollers.

$16.99

Product #: MSMS01

The MakerShield kit

If you've ever done any breadboarding, you know that it's great for sketching out an electronics idea, but terrible at storing a more permanent prototype. In the same way, fixing mistakes on soldered protoboard can be frustrating and messy.

 

The Arduino design strikes a great balance between these two options by exposing the pins of the microcontroller on top of the board in four female headers. Using these, you can snap in pre-made daughterboards, or shields, to add different applications. With the proper wires, you can easily use the Arduino with a standard breadboard to test out a circuit. With the MakerShield, however, you can transfer your working prototype to a shield that snaps into an Arduino just like a pre-built shield. The MakerShield makes it easy to build your own permanent prototypes as shields.

 

The MakerShield includes several on-board components (LEDs, potentiometers, tactile switches) that can be connected to the Arduino's inputs and outputs. A generous 19 x 13 through-hole prototyping area comprises the rest of the board.

 

More Details:

  • Common components included with pre-defined footprints
  • Components include a potentiometer, button, and (2) LEDs
  • Support for 3.3V & 5V circuits
  • ICSP (In Circuit Serial Programming) header in the same location as the Arduino boards
  • Power filtering capacitors on 5V and 3.3V lines
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    Advanced users might want to stack another shield (eg. an Ethernet shield) on top of the MakerShield. This isn't a problem since the MakerShield kit provides stackable header pins. Some other development boards, such as Netduino, require 3.3V analog signals instead of the Arduino's 5V. The MakerShield provides a jumper that allows you to select between either 5V or 3.3V signals on the potentiometer.

     

    Please note: Assembly required (soldering). Does not include a microcontroller. Also available in the Ultimate Microcontroller Pack for Arduino.

    Kit includes:

  • (1) Custom PCB
  • (1) Reset button
  • (1) User definable button
  • (2) User definable LED's (Red & Green)
  • (1) User definable potentiometer
  • (1) User selectable 3v3 or 5v jumper for the potentiometer (works with Arduino & Netduino)
  • Male 'stacking' header pins brings up all the micro-controller pins
  • (3) 3v3 Header pins
  • (3) 5v headers pins
  • (2) Ground header pins
  • (2) power filtering capacitors
  • (1) 6-pin ICSP header pin (in the same location as the Arduino, allowing you to stack shields that need it)
  • (2) Resistors for the LED's
  • 5v5 rail
  • Ground rail
  • Prototyping area (our mini breadboard fits perfectly)

  • The MakerShield is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

    Click Here to download the Eagle .brd (board design) and .sch (schematic) files

    Schematic (PDF)

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