Cactus Kit Online Resources
Transform your passion for electronics into a stunning piece of art with our intricately designed PCB Cactus kit! As you piece together this captivating creation, you'll deepen your understanding of how electronics work and enhance your skills. Although it may seem like a straightforward project, don't be fooled. This kit will challenge your soldering abilities and is perfect for those seeking a more advanced DIY experience. So, grab your soldering iron and express your love for circuitry like never before! And, to make your building journey a breeze, we've got you covered with step-by-step instructional videos expertly demonstrated by our own in-house technicians. Watch as they take you through the Cactus Kit with ease, ensuring a successful and satisfying build experience.
Cactus Instruction Video
Our cactus kit video provides a helpful resource for anyone looking to assemble their own kit or who may be confused by the instructions. The video showcases one of our skilled team members expertly soldering the kit together from start to finish, with informative notes on-screen detailing each step of the process. Additionally, simple safety precautions are outlined to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Watching the video provides an engaging and informative way to learn about the various components of the kit and how they fit together, making the assembly process much easier to understand.
Interactive Card Table
Our interactive card table is a digital format of the instruction cards that come with your cactus kit. To use the table, simply click and drag around the cards to view them, and click on a specific card to open a larger view.
Unlocking the Circuit: Journey into Schematics
The schematic outlined above is a complete schematic outlining the entire Cactus Kit!
Resistors are usually drawn like the image shown above. Engineers will also usually include a name above each resistor—like “R1” and “R2” for resistors 1 and 2. They may also include the value of the resistor above the symbol—like “1 kΩ” for 1 kilohm or 1000 ohms. The symbol “Ω” is the Greek letter omega—it is the symbol used for ohms (ohms are the standard unit used for measuring resistance). This lets others know that the component is a resistor and what its resistance is.
Diodes, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), are represented in circuit schematics using symbols like the one shown above. Diodes have both an “anode” (positive side) and a “cathode” (negative side). Typically, LED symbols like the one shown here are drawn with two arrows emanating from the diode to represent light leaving the diode. In the symbol shown above, the cathode is shown by the horizontal bar at the bottom tip of the triangular figure which represents the diode. The anode is represented by the flat top side of the triangular figure where there is no horizontal bar. It is important to draw diodes in the correct orientation to indicate how they are placed in circuits because it is necessary for the circuit to function correctly. For example, an LED inserted into a circuit “backwards” will not light up.
Switches are sometimes represented differently in circuits depending on whether the switch is depicted as open (off) or closed (on). The first symbol shown below depicts an open switch and the second symbol depicts the switch in its closed state. Usually, it is enough to depict a switch in either state when drawing a circuit diagram. However, if an engineer wishes to specifically describe a circuit when a switch is closed, they will use the closed switch symbol. If an engineer wishes to specifically describe a circuit when a switch is open, they will use the open switch symbol.