New! Professional Project Prototyping System
We will be exhibiting at the World Maker Faire New York, September 22 & 23, 2018. If you are interested in this product, look us up, or simply register on our "contact" page and let us know you want more information on the Phase Dock Pro3 EcoSystem.
What inspired this System?
Watching my fellow Makers struggle to develop, protect, and transport their Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects once they got started. One friend has two projects on his desk at home -- and hasn't been able to move them for months. Another friend has taken over the family dining room table and now is threatened with a Thanksgiving deadline to wrap it up! I've seen enough duct tape, zip ties and rubber bands to know that Makers could use an effective, inexpensive and great-looking solution for their project development, protection and transportation challenges.
We’ve been asking Makers… Are you working on a single-board computer project? Are you having any trouble organizing and managing it? How do you secure the individual components in the right place and orientation? How do you move it without jostling the connections? How do you store it when you’re not working on it? The answers make us confident that Makers want and need a solution.
So here is our idea!
Well, it's more than an idea at this point. We have working prototypes of all the main components.
Your project now looks great, and is easy to protect and transport. Read more to find out how...
Imagine you have a Raspberry Pi.
Or an Arduino, or a BeagleBoard, or a...
Grab (or print) a component called a Slide, shown here.
It has a hole pattern with risers to match the mounting holes and protect the underside of the Pi. You screw your Pi to the Slide. (Our design actually captures nuts in pockets in the slide, so you can use machine screws or stand-offs… whatever your project requires...rather than self-tapping screws.)
Attach the Pi to the Slide with screws.
In the future, the Slide itself will slip firmly into and out of another piece which we call a Click. Right now this is still a prototype...and the Slide will need to be glued to the Click. We have a plan to fix that... but for right now, that's how it works.
Grab a Click in the size you need.
The Click will come in at least four standard sizes to support the most popular single-board computer and electronics projects.
We are planning a crowd-funding campaign to enable these parts to be injection molded. They will function better, and be stronger for you. In the meantime, they can be 3D printed.
The Slide-mounted Pi is connected to the Click. Whoohoo!
See how easy that was? The prep work is all done. Now you will see how this makes your entire project so much more fun!
Place the Matrix in your work area.
The Matrix is made of 1/8” acrylic, with holes lasered in a very precise grid.
Position your Click-mounted component anywhere you want it on the Matrix.
Gently squeeze the legs and push the Click down until it "clicks" and locks firmly into place.
Now -- if you want -- you can flip the Matrix over. Nothing moves. You can mount it vertically. All secure. You can take your project down the hall to show your colleagues. It still works when you get there. Ahhh! Sweet success!