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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 15 2017
PlusboardBy Plusboard
First created
PlusboardBy Plusboard
First created
S$ 10,008
pledged of 8 000 S$ pledged of 8 000 S$ goal
275
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 15 2017

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

We are makers who have spent the last 10 years working with breadboards for our projects. Current breadboards lack features that make the prototyping process faster, easier and more convenient. We decided to tackle this problem and change breadboards for the better. Our long term vision is to bring quality prototyping experience to makers across the world. 

PlusBoard is a breadboard designed for makers by makers. Reduce the amount of time spent prototyping and spend the time bringing ideas to reality!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Built in adjustable PlusPower (power supply) – Prototype anywhere,anytime! No more powering your projects with battery packs or bulky power supplies!! With a 5V micro USB input, you can power your projects with a power bank or computer and prototype at your own convenience. With an adjustable voltage of 3.3 -30V, you can now power anything from 3.3V OLED screens to 12V stepper motors.
  • Easy breadboard to PlusStrip (stripboard) transfer – Just push,flip and solder!
    Say goodbye to redesigning your circuit again when transferring from breadboard to stripboard. By custom making our very own stripboard, we have created a revolutionary way of prototyping that promises to streamline your workflow!

 

PlusStrip
PlusStrip
  • Full Brick Compatibility – Integrate electronics like never before and bring your projects to life! Incorporation of PlusBoard into multiple brick projects and actuate LEDs, motors, buzzers and more!

 

 Build, Prototype, Stack, Play, Repeat!

 

 

 

Each starter set includes:

  • PlusBoard x 1 
  • PlusPower x 1 
  • PlusStrip x 5

 

 

PlusBoard:

  • Dimensions: 96mm x 80mm x 12mm  

PlusPower:

  • Input Voltage: 5-32V  
  • Output Voltage: 3.3-30V ( Adjustable )  
  • Max Power Rating: 25W  
  • Max Output Current: 2.0A  
  • Load Regulation: ±0.5%  
  • Voltage Regulation: ±0.5%  
  • Features: Short Circuit Protection, Seven segment voltage indicator
PlusStrip:
  • Dimensions: 80mm x 80mm
PlusStrip is held securely by the brick studs to ensure stability when placing the components.

PlusBoard has been designed from the ground up. By asking makers what they felt were problems that they encountered during prototyping, we were able to get a clear idea of the flaws of common breadboards. We took their feedback and created PlusBoard.

3D printed iterations 1, 2 and 3
3D printed iterations 1, 2 and 3

 3D printed iterations 1, 2 and 3

An inside view of our 3rd iteration
An inside view of our 3rd iteration
An inside view of our 3rd iteration

Pitching PlusBoard at Hax, a leading hardware accelerator in Shenzhen
Pitching PlusBoard at Hax, a leading hardware accelerator in Shenzhen

 Pitching PlusBoard at Hax, a leading hardware accelerator in Shenzhen

Our team at World Maker group, a platform for entrepreneurs to develop their products in Shenzhen
Our team at World Maker group, a platform for entrepreneurs to develop their products in Shenzhen

Our team at World Maker group, a platform for entrepreneurs to develop their products in Shenzhen.

MakerPi was one of the 3D printing companies we visited to understand more about the various types of 3D printed prototypes
MakerPi was one of the 3D printing companies we visited to understand more about the various types of 3D printed prototypes

MakerPi was one of the 3D printing companies we visited to understand more about the various types of 3D printed prototypes  

Explaining our design to Cyrus, from MakerPi, using our initial prototype.
Explaining our design to Cyrus, from MakerPi, using our initial prototype.

 

Sharing of PlusBoard at Community Lab, Singapore
Sharing of PlusBoard at Community Lab, Singapore

 

  • "I think it’s great for older fans of Lego who would like to integrate some of their electronics knowledge with existing Lego creations - it’s a convenient all in one package taking care of my power supply needs together with a good quality breadboard." -Hoo Jian Li, Senior, Robotics Engineering, SUTD Makerspace Club President 
  • "Being able to immediately power LED strips and other modules from my plusboard is really helpful as I don't have to find relays or make my own step up converters." -Loh Yilin, Robotics Engineering, SUTD
  • "I see PlusBoard as a great way for students to learn electronics. With their interesting and intuitive design, no longer would I have to explain to students how the pins are connected. This would also be a killer product to bring to hackathons." -Terence, Community Manager, Community Lab@UWCSEA
  • "Plusboard is a great platform. It helps makers and tinkers to do prototyping and brings projects to live with the customized stripboard. Students will be able to focus on learning about electronics and make projects that can be easily transformed into prototypes. Great platform to do rapid prototyping!" - Andre Jusuf, Teacher in-charge of Engineering Interest Group at NUS High School

 

ADD-ON INSTRUCTIONS:
To purchase additional components, follow these steps:

1) Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' Button above. If you have not pledged yet, it will say 'Back this Project'.  
2) Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total of the add-ons you want to add. ( $1SGD/Stripboard, $10SGD/Power Supply, $10SGD/PlusBoard)
3) After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.

 

 

 

Higher volume lowers the price of Plusboard!

Your support is highly required to kickstart PlusBoard to enter the manufacturing process. To guarantee low and affordable prices, we need to manufacture for at least 1500 units

PlusBoard needs you Backers! 

Contact us: hello@plusboard.co
Contact us: hello@plusboard.co

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

As with any hardware project, a major hurdle is mass manufacturing and shipping. To gain insight with regards to the costs and difficulty of manufacturing the product, we 3D printed our prototypes. Those prototypes helped us to visualize the potential complexities of our product and how that could complicate injection moulding. Moving forward, we are currently in talks with experts who have done injection moulding before and improving our design so that it is designed for manufacturing(DFM).

Furthermore, to ensure PlusBoard is cost effective, we spent hours scouring sites such as Alibaba and Taobao to collect quotations on all the different components required for the project. We also spent a week in Shenzhen talking to manufacturers and evaluating the quality of their products.

Finally, we have identified a manufacturer in Shenzhen who is ready to implement our design and has a track record of manufacturing other Kickstarter projects.

Although this is our first Kickstarter project together, our combined experience of successful projects will help see us through potential difficulties!

No matter what, we promise to put in the utmost effort to meet the expectations of our backers!

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Support

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    Pledge S$ 2 or more About $1.45

    Virtual High Five!

    Every contribution counts towards making PlusBoard a reality! Even if you aren't a maker yourself, support and follow us on our journey to improve the prototyping experience.

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    Pledge S$ 9 or more About $7

    Support Us!

    Every contribution counts towards making PlusBoard a reality! Even if you aren't a maker yourself, support and follow us on our journey to improve the prototyping experience.

    You will also receive a personalized thank you video from one of the creators of Plusboard for supporting us and making our project a reality.

    Your name will be displayed on our website to commemorate your support towards PlusBoard.

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    Pledge S$ 15 or more About $11

    PlusBoard Pioneers

    We are offering our product at cost price to the first 100 backers who join us on our journey!

    Your name will be displayed on our website to commemorate your support towards PlusBoard.

    Includes:
    • PlusBoard
    • PlusPower
    • PlusStrip
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    Pledge S$ 19 or more About $14

    Kickstarter Special

    Power up your prototyping experience with PlusBoard at this unbelievable price!

    Includes:
    • PlusBoard
    • PlusPower
    • PlusStrip
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    Pledge S$ 34 or more About $25

    One Plus One

    It's time to get your buddy to use PlusBoard for his/her projects!

    LIMITED OFFER on Kickstarter only!

    Includes:
    • PlusBoard
    • PlusPower
    • 10× PlusStrip
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    Pledge S$ 52 or more About $38

    Black Friday Special

    Black Friday Limited Time Offer from 24-28 Nov!

    Includes an additional 5 PlusStrip when you back this tier! Grab your fellow makers to enjoy this door-crasher deal!

    We heart you makers and supporters!

    Includes:
    • PlusBoard
    • PlusPower
    • 20× PlusStrip
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    Pledge S$ 170 or more About $123

    MakerSpace Party Pack

    Get PlusBoard for your fellow makers or makerspace!

    LIMITED OFFER on Kickstarter only! We heart you makers and supporters!

    Includes:
    • 10× PlusBoard
    • 10× PlusPower
    • 80× PlusStrip
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Funding period

- (40 days)