Electric Puzzle Board Lets You Assemble Circuits With Ease

Many hackers learned about electronics over the years with home experimenter kits from Radio Shack and its ilk. Eschewing soldering for easier screw or spring based connections, they let the inexperienced build circuits with a minimum of fuss, teaching them the arcane ways of the electron along the way. [victorqedu] has put a modern spin on the form, with his Electric Puzzle Game.

The build consists of a series of 3D printed blocks, each containing a particular electronic component or module. The blocks can be joined together to form circuits, with magnets in the blocks mating with screws in the motherboard to hold everything together and make electrical contact between the parts. It’s a project that requires a significant amount of 3D printing and upfront assembly to build, but it makes assembling circuits a cinch.

The variety of circuits that can be built is impressive. [victorqedu] shows off everything from simple LED and switch arrangements to touch sensors and even a low-powered “Tesla coil”. We imagine playing with the blocks and snapping circuits into place would be great fun. We’ve seen other unconventional approaches before, too – such as building squishy circuits for educational purposes. Video after the break.

20 thoughts on “Electric Puzzle Board Lets You Assemble Circuits With Ease

    1. Every couple of years like clockwork someone has released a new better version, you see them all in the what’s new columns in 70s 80s 90s Electronics magazines. The one in the tech lab at school was approx file card sized green boards, with power rails top and bottom, “signal” line in the middle, screwed together with 4mm terminals I think, was a few decades ago. Trying to remember the name is like trying to trap a greased marble with one finger. Think manufacturer was a name we’d still recognise.

      However, this one has the particular advantage that you can print new blocks yourself and add other components easily.

    1. I had that (here called “Braun Lectron”) in the 70s and it was an enduring pain of contact problems for really too much money. Definitely more disappointing than useful!

      Luckily I soon was able to make my own (breakout-)boards system.

Leave a Reply

Please be kind and respectful to help make the comments section excellent. (Comment Policy)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.