For the robot weve elected to construct our final circuit on strip board as it is far lighter than the bread board provided.
As I have the most experience in circuit building I have taken on the task of constructing it.
Firstly I measured out the size of the board, took stock of the components to be installed and the available space inside the robot body all in aim to try minimise the weight and space usage.
After I cut the board down to size I began planning out the best method and order in which to install the components. I elected to install and use a socket for the micro controller and power chip
1/ so as to ensure I don’t damage the chip during the soldering process and 2/ if a fault occurs with the chip it allows for quick and easy removal.
I also opted for a row of sockets on both sides of each chip carrier to allow again for easier troublshooting or necessary changes later on should they occur.
One issue we must be highly concious of when putting the microchips into the circuit is bridging as it can have disasterous outcomes.
Using a boring tool I broke the links between the pins
Next step I defined the 6v and 3v bus bars and connected in the 2 capacitors aloong with 2 sockets allowing for testing or adjustments.
Next I connected up the negatives and the voltage regulator
As battery clips can be fragile and as we will be probably changing the batterys a lot I opted to and pins so we can utilise the sockets I installed on the 6V bar
I then tried to colour code and annotate the bus bars and chip sockets. Also the sockets I got for the chips are 1 pin too short on bith sides for the microcontroller so I trimmed down and added in 2 sockets below it so as to facilitate the bottom 2 pins.