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A friend of mine showed me a project he was working on, and the stripboard he'd soldered to had its tracks split into 3-hole blocks. A little like this:

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(apologies for the terrible ASCII-art)

He can't remember where he got it from, but it looks incredibly useful! I've tried searching my usual sources (Farnell / RS / eBay) but I can't find it.

Does this stuff have a proper name?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Aha! Found this: ebay.co.uk/itm/150613598911 - only one I can find on eBay, but the description isn't very helpful in finding a more reliable supply of it. \$\endgroup\$ – Polynomial May 7 '12 at 16:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ Wikipedia suggests 'TriPad' ... \$\endgroup\$ – PetPaulsen May 7 '12 at 17:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh derp, I never even thought to look there. Yup, that looks like the stuff. Post it as an answer and I'll accept :) \$\endgroup\$ – Polynomial May 7 '12 at 17:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ Try www.reichelt.de for H25PS050. They call it 'punkt-streifenrasterplatinen'. \$\endgroup\$ – Wouter van Ooijen May 7 '12 at 17:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ That's exactly why I love the German language. \$\endgroup\$ – Polynomial May 7 '12 at 17:14
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When you take a look on Wikipedia, they call it 'TriPad'

[...] one variant is called a TriPad board. This is similar to stripboard, except that the conductive tracks do not run continuously along the board but are broken into sections, each of which spans three holes. [...]

Trying to search with it on Farnell/Digikey/RS doesn't bring up any hits. Here they doesnt seem to give this kind of board a special name. Digikey gives you a filter option '3 Hole Pad' thou.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Maplin sell 39x62 tripad boards for £4.49, and they have a store about 5 minutes from my workplace. \$\endgroup\$ – Polynomial May 7 '12 at 17:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Maplin are still pretty useful on occasion. I just wish their stock levels weren't so pathetic (like, they have two capacitors of a particular value in stock and so on). \$\endgroup\$ – Ian Bland Nov 13 '16 at 11:09

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