15 Mar '13, 9pm

Script makes custom pinout labels for your chips

Script makes custom pinout labels for your chips

After years of prototyping hobby electronics we’ve learned (several times actually) that when something’s not working it’s a problem with the hardware. Usually the jumper wires aren’t hooked up correctly, or we needed to throw a pull-up resistor in and forgot to. One thing that can really help sort these problems out quickly is a pinout label for each chip like the ones seen above. This is a project which [John Meacham] came up with. It uses a script to generate chip pinouts on a label maker . The label maker he started with is a Brother PT-1230PC. It connects to a computer via USB and can use a few different widths of self adhesive label tape. [John] found that the 1/4″ wide tape is nearly a perfect fit for PDIP components. His script takes a YAML file as the input. This formatting standard makes is quick an easy to whip up a label for a new chip using just your text edit...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/03/15/script-makes-custom-pinout...

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