Paper-PCBs anyone?

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Has anyone tried a Paper-PCB for a simple audio projects - such as a headphone anp? Wolfgang Spahn has a nice web site where he designs these for Arduino clones. I don't have a workshop where I can mess with circuit- board chemicals but I want neater work than I usually produce with unplanned point-to-point wiring.
 
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What Wolfgang Spahn calls paperpcb is old-as-the-pyramids Veroboard or stripboard.
All he does is "hide" it by glueing the paper with the printed design over the top surface , to help you avoid mistakes.
Stripboard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There's software to help you design the PCB, although gridded paper and pencil is enough.
Try Bancika's *excellent* DIY Layout creator:
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/software-tools/181962-new-version-diy-layout-creator.html
which handles stripboards (paperpcb), plain copperless perfboard and simple etched PCBs if you want to go all the way.
Note: there's various versions, from the early one running only on Windows, to later "multiplatform" (Windows/Linux/Mac/etc.) ones based on Java.
I strongly suggest you use the original Windows only version, because it's the simplest and also tons of guys have used it and post designs, so you can review quite a few to get layout ideas.
This is one such design:
An externally hosted image should be here but it was not working when we last tested it.


EXCELLENT software, perfect for DIYers.
Notice that if you print the PCB design and glue it to a piece of stripboard you have a "paperpcb" ;)
 
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Has anyone tried a Paper-PCB for a simple audio projects - such as a headphone anp? Wolfgang Spahn has a nice web site where he designs these for Arduino clones. I don't have a workshop where I can mess with circuit- board chemicals but I want neater work than I usually produce with unplanned point-to-point wiring.

Does this count?
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Yes :), I just saw your other thread.
Cool technique and congratulations on your successful construction.
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Thanks! The best part was hearing the sound when I fired it up. This amp sounds really nice. It's small size fools you to thinking it's toy like. Nice big full rich bass and very clear open highs. :)
I am sold on smd methods and will learn how to design pcb's properly and have one of the fab houses in China make them cheap. I am good with soldering with magnifyers and tiny iron and will assemble them myself though.
 
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I love wire wrap. That's where I got my tiny wires for my dead bug amp project. I have built many op amp circuits with wire wrap. Mostly discrete TTL logic stuff though. One thing I noticed that is really nice about smd - you never have to flip it over to solder and wonder if you have the right pin. It is always the top side and labeled well.
 
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