Digilent Fritzing Parts

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One of my favorite parts about creating a project is that I get to create tutorials. This is in part because it allows me to remember what I did (so I can recall what I’ve accomplished and have a reference in case I ever forget how I did it) and because then I get to see people adapting and improving on my projects.

However, one of the huge struggles in documenting electronic projects is photographing your circuits and connections.

An example of a circuit made in Fritzing.

Luckily, at some point along the way I was shown Fritzing. Fritzing is a donation based software that allows you to easily document your circuit projects. I like Fritzing because it’s so easy to document in breadboard view. We’ve created a bunch of Fritzing parts for Digilent parts.

We have created over 60 Fritzing parts for our Pmods, so that you can add a large variety of sensors, converters and IO to your projects.

A small selection of the Pmods available on Fritzing.

We also created a selection of Fritzing parts for our microcontroller boards.

A selection of the PIC 32 microcontrollers, available in Fritzing.

As well as some NI Adapter boards.

Two of the NI Adapter boards in Fritzing, the myProto and myDAQ.

And last but certainly not least, the Analog Discovery 2.

The Analog Discovery 2 Fritzing Part. You’ll notice the flywires are missing. But don’t worry, we will add that later on.

The best place to find the Fritzing parts we’ve created is on our Wiki, located on each product’s documentation page. So if I want the Fritzing Part for the Analog Discovery 2, I go to the Wiki, click on Analog Discovery 2 and find the Fritzing part link.

Specific to the Analog Discovery 2 I’ve added a Fritzing project that contains the part and all the wires. That way whenever you want to use the part you don’t have to create and change the color of every single wire. Just open the project, and add your other components.

The Analog Discovery 2 Fritzing part. Fritzing offers dashed wires so every channel can be represented.

If you don’t see a Fritzing part for a product you like, we’ve created several tutorials on how to create you own parts. And of course we always want your feedback on what you like to use!

Continue to follow the Digilent blog as new parts, and new tutorials will always be announced here.

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When I started school I wasn’t interested in any of things I’m passionate about now. In fact originally I started out wanting to study art. But then I decided I didn’t want to have people telling me what to create, so I changed to music. Then I decided I didn’t want to ruin a hobby by making it my career. At the same time my Physics class was teaching a unit on the physics of music, and I thought that was way interesting, so I changed to physics. Then by the time physics was over I decided that the coolest part of physics was electricity and magnetism, and I may as well get a degree that transfers directly into a career. So while all this was happening, I was attending Shoreline Community College, and during that time I found my passion, or rather presented itself repeatedly, until I realized, maybe I should take a hint from the universe. While at community college, I was asked to help at the high school by tutoring chemistry students. Then I was asked to help at the elementary school by being a math Olympiad coach. I continued both because I found I really enjoyed it. I also had an opportunity, and was hired to be a tutor in the Math Learning Center at the Community College, a job I really loved. At the same time I was working as a Nanny, which I had been doing for several years, the main reason because I could and would answer the hard questions the kids asked honestly (i.e. why is the sky blue). I then was recommended by the patrons of the MLC to the transfer tutoring center (private tutoring,) and developed a wait list of students. Through all these opportunities at some point I realized that I loved watching people go from totally lost, to masters of a subject. I was also forced to admit that having all these opportunities continually renewed, I must have been somewhat good at it. So I decided I wanted to teach, which fits with my mission oriented personality. I saw a serious lack of passionate ECE professors in the institutions I attended. At WSU I continued this trend by being ask to TA for computer science and electrical engineering, being a TA for a total of 4 semesters. This continued by getting an amazing opportunity in my first semester at Washington State University to work at Digilent, an educational company. So even if I didn’t want to teach, turns out I can’t avoid it. Luckily it is my main passion.

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