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Okay, now we have the circuits designed and built they need to be mounted in the box and wired up.

I divided the box in to two halves, the bottom half will have the Arduino and strip board mounted, and the top half will have the connectors and switches mounted.

The Ardunio has three mounting points and I decided to mount this flat inside the box, you will also have to consider the fact that you will need access to the USB port and the power connector. The way that I did this was to cut 2 holes into the side of the box and the held the Arduino in place, I then drilled through the holes that are already in the Arduino through into the base of the box. Here are some photos to give you an idea of what I did!

Then I cut the strip board to size so that it would fit in the slots provided and would still allow me to put the lid back on. Once the strip board has been cut to size you should be able to crack on with building your circuit! Here is a photo to show you how mine looked, please note that at the time of taking this I hadn’t built the solenoid circuit.

The last thing to do was make a rough sketch of how I wanted the connector and switch layout to look. I then made a scaled diagram to make sure that everything would fit, measured and cut the relevant holes. Another couple of photos to show you how the finished box looked. I wouldn’t use those big audio connecters again as they are an over kill and they take up unnecessary space!

Here is the finished Box; you’ll see two 3.5mm stereo jacks, these are for triggering the camera and flash guns. The 3 pin XLR is for controlling the solenoid and the 5 pin XLR is for the sensor. The switches perform a few operations and more info can be found on the Programming page.
On the side of the box are 2 power connectors, one is 5V for the Arduino and the other is 12V for the solenoid; there is also a USB socket which is on the Arduino itself and is used for uploading programmes.

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