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Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by colum, Nov 2, 2016.

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  1. colum


    Jul 25, 2013
    I've been away for a long time from circuit building and at that time there was two methods that I used one was Getting copper clad boards and chemicals to remove unwanted copper and leaving a copper circuit.

    The easier one was the Wire wrap and I used it alot. It had elongated legs on IC sockets and a tool that received the stripped section of a thin wire and you placed it on the elongated leg and twisted clockwise and it made very good contact.

    I wonder if anyone still uses Wire wrap anymore and if parts are still available. The following parts are necessary for this type of circuit
    IC sockets with Wire wrap posts
    Special wire that fits wrap tool
    Wrap tool
    Pin out insert to show pin layout from underneath (not necessary but nice)

    I would appreciate any advice before I start using this method and not be able to finish it
    I still have the tool and some wire and sockets
    Thanks for reading this .....colum
  2. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

    Jan 21, 2010
    Write wrap wire is easily obtainable.

    The tools are available if you know where to look.

    The sockets after becoming more and more rare.

    If you've got the stuff, go for it. If you were starting out I'd probably not recommend it.
  3. colum


    Jul 25, 2013
    Thanks Steve. Its a shame that the sockets are getting rare, I found you could not reuse them because you rounded off the posts that had a square shape to grab the wire....colum
  4. davenn

    davenn Moderator

    Sep 5, 2009
    electronics has moved on a long way in the last 30 years, that's how long it has been since I last needed to do wire wrap terminations .... in a telephone exchange
  5. OBW0549


    Jul 5, 2016
    I get most of my wire wrap supplies from Digi-Key:

    IC Sockets
    Wire Wrap Wire
    Wrapping Tools
    Perf Board
    Pins for Discrete Components

    I've also had fairly good luck finding wire wrap stuff on
  6. dorke


    Jun 20, 2015

    What kind of circuits are you going to build?

    What kind of technology and speed/frequency?

    What kind of packages are you planning to use?
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