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The ScrewShield extends all pins of the Arduino out to 3.5mm pitch screw terminals. It also has a lot of the utility provided by Arduino Protoshield, including: a large prototyping space of both connected and unconnected 0.1" spaced through-holes, a couple 5V and GND busses, a reset button, general use push button, and a 5mm yellow LED.
This product includes all the parts shown and comes in kit form and must be soldered together by the end user.
Note: This product is a collaboration with Tod Kurt, John Edgar Park, and Brian Jepson of WingShield Industries and a portion of each sale goes to them for product support and continued development.
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I bought one to replace a fairly crowded custom shield for my proton pack. This makes it easy to route the wires to the various LEDs and other peripherals, and switch them around occasionally when needed. Since it comes as a kit, I only assembled the parts I needed.
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I thought that I would drop in here and hopefully prevent someone from making ugly terminals like I did :o) At least on one side anyway.
The little terminals are cool. They interlock.
Pay attention to how you assemble them and they'll nest together perfectly. Or you can stab and solder and end up fighting to keep them straight like I did on the first set :o)
It would be nice to have the instructions printed in the box as well, instead of having to find them online.
The instructions are good enough, except they don't show the direction of the LED, so you have a 50/50 chance of putting the LED in wrong. It would be nice if they showed which hole the long and short pins go into. Since the rest is fairly straightforward, the instructions online work well enough.
Looks like a nice kit. I have used similar ones with good results. For the user who was questioning the orientation of the LED leads on the board, just look closely at the silkscreen footprint for the LED. It clearly shows the flat edge of the LED base which seems to butt up against a resistor. As long as your LED is placed on the same side as the silkscreened footprint and the flat edge is oriented as the footprint shows, you should be good to go.
I purchased two of these for quickly switching instruments as projects are developed and tested. But, unfortunately the screw terminal blocks are "screw with leaf spring" type. The leaf springs bend, and remain (mostly) in the clamped position after you back out the terminal block screw. Therefore, I have to take a tiny screwdriver to poke into the opening of each terminal block to "bend up" the leaf spring, prior to attempting to insert a new wire into the terminal block.
Please, SparkFun, consider changing the terminal blocks to "rising cage clamp" type. In these type of terminal blocks, as the screw is backed out, the opening of the terminal block opens up wide; making the insertion of a new wire very easy.