I've seen a few stripboards laying around that have no copper tracks. After looking online I can see that you can indeed buy these but I can't seem to find why or how to use them.

How can you use it if there's no tracks to solder too?


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It's often called perfboard (perforated board).

You poke the leads of through-hole components through the holes, bend them to provide mechanical security then solder those leads to each other or to wires.

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Example from here

Embroidery for engineers.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Aha. So really all the components are hanging from the board being held in due to all the bent leads being soldered to each other \$\endgroup\$ Jan 30, 2014 at 17:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ The truth is that sometimes the factory have a surplus of holes, so they make a load of these boards to use up the holes. Other days they have too much copper but run out of holes, and that's where the plain copper-clad with no holes/strips comes from. \$\endgroup\$
    – John U
    Jan 30, 2014 at 20:20

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