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Description: By popular request, we’re selling the always-handy ProtoShield PCB on its own! Originally spawned with collaboration between the folks at SFE and ITP @ NYU, the ProtoShield mates with an Arduino development board and gives the user a small soldering area, two general LED footprints, access to a BlueSMiRF socket, a general pushbutton switch footprint, and most important of all - the Arduino reset switch is brought to the top level.

Now you don’t need to buy the whole ProtoShield kit if you just need a piece of prototyping board that will fit on top of your Arduino. You might want to grab a stackable header kit, though, which you can find in the related items below.

Note: Though this board is compatible with the Arduino R3 it does not posses the additional pins that the R3 offers. Make sure you pick your headers accordingly.

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  • These are great, but there is one problem: If you want to use it as a shield on top of an Ethernet shield, then the Ethernet jack gets in the way, so you have to cut out a chunk of this board with a dremel. It would be AWESOME if you could make one that could be used on top of an Ethernet shield!

  • Wouldn’t it be better if the internal area of the board was laid out like a breadboard? Perhaps like this: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12702

    I can’t figure out a good way to connect the components together in the internal prototyping area.

  • is this shield compatible with UNO R3?

  • Would it be possible to rewire the blue smirf socket to be used for the Openlog?

  • How ‘bout doing a shield like this that would fit on an Arduino MEGA 2560 board. This one looks like it only fits the old arduino boards.

  • These are the best!! My number one choice for custom shields.

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The most versatile shield for Arduino!

Normal protoshields, the kind you buy at Radioshack, are generally too expensive to solder things to and/or buy a lot of. With these, you get as much functionality for a small package. I would highly recommend these for ease of use when designing custom shields. I cant remember how many of these i’ve used, but it is a lot!


Great base for projects...

I don’t know why Sparkfun ignores the ICP/SPI headers. The Adafruit boards and kits all come with stacking headers for it.


Quick and easy attiny shield

Got this to make an attiny programming shield, works very well and don’t have to worry about pin alignment