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I made a project with Arduino using a breadboard. Everything is working, but nothing is soldered in place. So, for example, I cannot put it outside, otherwise after the first wind, everything will break :-)

I would like to pack it in a box and actually used as a gadget. Can anyone suggest ways to do this? For example, are there any breadboard + screws that I could use, without having to solder my Arduino?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is it that you want to "release" it as in sell it to the mass market, or "pack it in a box" and use it personally? \$\endgroup\$
    – Majenko
    Jul 17, 2011 at 18:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ pack in a box. i will edit my title, thanks for the insight :-) \$\endgroup\$
    – VP.
    Jul 17, 2011 at 19:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ Double-sticky tape is commonly used to secure a breadboard inside of the box. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 23, 2015 at 22:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Buy a lunchbox and use tape or hot glue. I've used a few project boxes but they never look as professional hoped. Buy a clear lunchbox and drill any access holes you may need. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 10, 2019 at 23:27

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I've seen Pelican cases being popular for this kind of thing. There are some videos of people using them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f8nwwCbfRA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MGRx9KDDg0

Otherwise, to make a sturdy Arduino circuit without a breadboard, I'd suggest using Perfboard to solder the components in. Check out http://www.instructables.com/id/Perfboard-Hackduino-Arduino-compatible-circuit/?ALLSTEPS for a great tutorial on doing this. It is more work than a breadboard, but not too much and worth it for a very solid Arduino device.

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I know this is an older question, but I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in anyway.

I, personally, wanted a nice enclosure for my Arduino based project, so I gutted an old cable modem I had laying around, mounted some standoffs with gobs of epoxy, and it has turned out great so far.

You could find a project enclosure at a local hobby shop, or gut some old electronic gadget you have laying around similar to the way I did. You could always surround any opening(s) with a bead of RTV silicone; this should make it fairly water/weatherproof, and if you need to change the circuit, you could just scrape the RTV off and start again.

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When I've wanted to use a patch board for a demonstration unit that I use elsewhere than just on a test bench and I want it to be "modestly robust", even though the wires are plugged in and not soldered, I have on occasion added a sheet of foam on top of the wiring and components and then sandwiched the whole assembly between two thin sheets of wood or plastic, with long screws pulling the sheets together and compressing the foam enough to hold the wiring and components in place. This is very "unprofessional" but surprisingly effective. Remember to account for lack of cooling due to foam "insulation".

Obviously this does not confer "waterproofness" (not much anyway :-) ) - you still need to mount the "unit" in a suitable enclosure.

Even when a proototype HAS been soldered I have used a simila system to reduce the effects of people playing with the circuitry during testing. To soldered board add a sheet pf suitable plastic and retain with screws at each corner and maybe through several centre points if large. Works wonders.

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You may want to have a look at this http://daddiest.com/arduino-project-case/

I made use of an abandoned accessory box to make an Arduino project box. It is dirt cheap. I can contain any under-development project and reopen it at any time. Just like saving and opening a software project.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ You do have awesome projects in your site. unfortunately the linked page doesn't exist :( \$\endgroup\$
    – VP.
    Jul 29, 2018 at 21:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Here's the link from 2013: web.archive.org/web/20130724120048/http://daddiest.com/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Justas
    Jan 6, 2019 at 18:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ On eBay/Amazon these are also called clear plastic "jewelry boxes" or "utility organizers" \$\endgroup\$
    – Justas
    Jan 6, 2019 at 18:52

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