Prototype Assembly

The circuit is simple enough that I hacked it up on a piece of perfboard in about half an hour. I love prototyping on this stuff. It’s just holes, but there is a tinned pad on each side of the board and the holes are plated through. It provides lots of options for mounting components and is available in various sizes. I buy it via Amazon.

Since the major components were the Trinket and the distance ranging breakout, which had square mounting pins, I wirewrapped them, but point to point soldered wiring would have been almost as easy.

The Neopixel strip has it’s contacts sweat soldered onto tinned holes in the perfboard: the front 3 holes the front of the A and T rows.  This not only physically mouneted the strip, but also allowed me to connect to it from the top of the board (via the pads and plated holes). The VX53L0X breakout is mounted by using the usual male header strip on the breakout, and plugging it into a matching strip of stacking headers, the legs of which have been bent 90 degrees so that the body lays against the perfboard. This lets the breakout hang down at 90 degrees to the main board, pointing out and away.  The whole thing can them be mounted with the NeoPixels facing down and the sensor pointing out.

This guide was first published on Jun 13, 2018. It was last updated on Jun 13, 2018. This page (Prototype Assembly) was last updated on Oct 18, 2019.