Tuesday, September 10, 2013

BeBoPr Bridge Boards Available

In an effort to help promote the use of LinuxCNC on the BeagleBone Black, I am having a medium run of the bridge boards fabricated by OSH Park.  You can order these boards directly from OSH Park if desired, but it's about $20 for a set of three boards, with a 2-3 week turn time.  I will try to keep boards on-hand, so I can ship from stock, and I will try to have connectors available so you can buy them at the same time and save on shipping.

Send me a direct e-mail if you'd like to buy a board set.  Pricing is as follows:
  • $8 BeBoPr Bridge PCB ONLY via 1st class mail.  You provide connectors!
  • $15 BeBoPr Bridge PCB with 2 header and 2 socket connectors via 1st class mail.
  • $20 BeBoPr Bridge PCB with 2 header and 2 socket connectors via Priority Mail.
NOTICE: You are buying only the parts!  You will need a soldering iron, solder, and some wire to fully assemble the boards into a working unit!  Assembly is VERY easy, so if you have soldered electronics before you should have no problem.  Assembly details are available on Bas' github wiki, and you can contact me if you have any problems getting things running.  Bas shows a fancy parallel cable on his wiki, but you can just use plain wire or every other wire in standard 0.050" pitch ribbon cable (which is what I did).

Hint: If you need a short piece of ribbon cable, you ought to be able to dig up an old floppy-disk or standard IDE cable that isn't being used and cut a chunk out of that.

What do I get?

Each package comes with one set of BeBoPr Bridge circuit boards, crafted from Bas Laarhoven's BBR_R1 design which is available from OSH Park.

If you buy the connectors as well, they are from Major League:
Again, remember you are only getting parts!  You will have to solder the connectors to the board and find 10 short pieces of wire (or a small strip of ribbon cable) to use to connect the two boards together.

This is intended for folks in the US, buying the original BeBoPr board from the CircuitCo BoardZoo webstite.  If you are in Europe, you should contact Bas Laarhoven directly.  He is selling the BeBoPr+ with the bridge board functionality already built-in.  If you are interested in purchasing boards for delivery outside the US, please contact me with details and I will figure out shipping costs.

NOTE:  The OSH Park panels just went to fab today (Sept. 10, 2013), so I expect to have boards available in about 2 weeks (around Sept. 24, give or take).

UPDATE: The connectors arrived today (Sept. 19, 2013), and I hope to receive the circuit boards sometime next week.

UPDATE: The PCBs finally arrived (Oct. 10, 2013), so I now have stock of both boards and connectors.  If you have already paid, your order will ship out tomorrow (Oct. 11).  If you are reading this post at some later point in time, I probably have boards and connectors available for immediate shipment, just drop me an e-mail and let me know what you're interested in.

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