Fritzing a Cat Feeder

My first impression of Fritzing was that it wasn’t for me. I wanted to use it for my 3 digit LED breakout board and the LED I wanted wasn’t in the program. So I tried to make my own. It was confusing, and didn’t work, so I decided it wasn’t for me.

I went back to Fritzing when I wanted to layout my cat feeder circuitry. For a real project with some direction, it works great!

Catfeeder Parts

I started out by laying out the various components I will need in it’s breadboard layout. Without connecting anything, I go to the schematic view. Here, I make all of my connections, without any need to think about where things will need to be or how they are connected physically. I then go back to my breadboard view, and all my connections are made with dotted lines, showing me what I haven’t connected yet physically, and telling me how many connections are left to add.

Catfeeder Schematic

This was great! It helped me layout what components should be near what and how they could be arranged to avoid confusing wire nests later.

However, it’s not perfect. Now, I want to draw out my actual part placement on paper so that I can show exact locations, and make sure I wire things in the right order. Parts in the program are not exactly the same size when it comes to my resistors and diodes. But they are close enough for roughing out my hardware.

Catfeeder Circuit

Meanwhile, I wait for my new Weller soldering tips to come in the mail. I burned through my last welding tip, so soldering will have to wait for now. I really should work on the Arduino program some more, and to do that I will have to use my motor shield for now (versus the one that I am building myself, shown at the right of the top image).

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