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miniTesla Manual
by Chris Wasshuber


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miniTesla Manual by Chris Wasshuber

This is the getting started guide for the miniTesla solderless electronic prototyping system. Learn the basics of how to build, develop, test, and disassemble circuits, and how to mechanically connect them to the world of Lego.

miniTesla demonstration

miniTesla is a new electronics prototyping system based on an ingenious spring contact originally developed by Philips in the 1960s. This contact provides mechanic as well as electric connectivity. We have further improved the original system by eliminating the need for carrier boards for discrete transistors, and by adding additional ways to connect components providing three layers of interconnectivity. We are also providing convenient interfaces to popular platforms such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

Here is an implementation of a Useless Machine, one that when switched on will automatically turn itself off, using a combination of miniTesla and Lego components. Two toggle switches built from Lego and miniTesla traces and spring contacts are combined with a 9V battery, a Lego motor, and a mechanism that converts rotary motion into a back-and-forth linear motion.

Contents of Manual:

  • Getting Started
    • PCB Traces
    • Alligator Clips
    • Connecting banana plugs
  • Disassembling
  • Example: Two Esaki Oscillators
  • Power Sources
  • Sub-Boards
    • RPi GPIO Breakout Board
    • 3.5 mm Audio Jack
    • 2.1 mm Barrel Connector
    • DIY Toggle Switch
    • Pushbutton Momentary
    • Toggle Switch
    • Potentiometer 10k + Pushbutton
    • Socket for Integrated Circuits 28 pins
    • Your Input
  • Hole Pattern
  • Lego Interface
    • Connecting Pegboards
    • Enclosures
    • Mechatronic Building Platform
    • Toggle Switches
    • Lego 9V Connector
    • Lego Pegboard
  • Vex Robotics Interface
  • goBilda Interface
  • Tips
    • Neat and clear circuits
    • Laying out circuits from scratch
    • Paperclips to the rescue
    • Make your own boards
    • Save a front panel
  • Advantages
  • History
  • The Name
  • Appendix 1: Pegboard Template

1st edition 2023, PDF 20 pages.
word count: 2220 which is equivalent to 8 standard pages of text