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I have an old PCB with an edge connector and I am looking for a way to create a socket for it. I have a 3D printer, so the housing is not an issue, but where I am stuck is the contacts.

The edge connector has 25 fingers. Each finger is 3 mm wide and 6 mm long. The finger spacing is 5 mm. The fingers are on both sides of the PCB.

Are suitable pin contacts available separately? I can't seem to find them.

Is there a suitable off-the-shelf edge connector socket where the pins can be removed without damage to them and they are the right size?

I believe on the original socket the pins were 1 mm wide.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is it not a standard pin spacing, such as 0.1 inch? Buying a connector, and if necessary sawing it to length, would be easier if you can find one. \$\endgroup\$
    – Simon B
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 18:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Maybe you can build something out of theese: samtec.com/products/sir1 \$\endgroup\$
    – Dejvid_no1
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 22:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ The spacing could be 5.08mm, that is, 0.2" (200 mil.) You might have better luck with with that. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 22:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ I am sure you can find something off the shelf. If not here are spring fingers: te.com/commerce/DocumentDelivery/… \$\endgroup\$
    – user57037
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 22:55

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Almost all contacts for connectors (especially small pitched connectors) are developed inside a manufacturer for a specific housing that they develop. Pins and contacts require special machinery to stamp, punch and bend pins out of sheet metal (machining contacts is more expensive).

The easiest thing for you would be to find an existing housing that has similar pitch and scavenge the pins from that connector for your design. Check digikey or mouser for different connectors.

If not then its possible for you to design your own pins (if cost isn't an issue, it will be expensive) and have a machinist machine them for you (and then gold plated which will also be expensive if you need that).

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  • \$\begingroup\$ You could have stamped pins made from phosphor bronze or beryllium copper. I think it would be cheaper than having a machinist make individual pins, even if you only needed 50 or 100. \$\endgroup\$
    – user57037
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 23:16
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Is your actual connector pitch is 5.08mm (200 mil)?

If so, you could try the EDAC 243 series modular type, here: https://edac.net/series/243

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the suggestion - this looks perfect but $15 per piece - wow \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 23:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Prices start high because the part is new. Then if it becomes popular sometimes prices drop as multiple vendors compete to create interchangeable parts. Then, it becomes a legacy part, and prices go up again because customers who need to keep legacy HW running are often desparate to do avoid upgrades, and they will pay a lot for those old, nearly obsolete parts. This type of board edge connector is now in the legacy phase. \$\endgroup\$
    – user57037
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 23:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you have a surplus place nearby they might have new old stock of this or something similar. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 23:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Andy See if the Samtec MEC2 series will work. This is a 2mm pitch. Digi Key & Mouser have stock. \$\endgroup\$
    – qrk
    Commented Jul 7, 2021 at 0:08

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