Only Connect: Handy Design Tips #3 – The right wrong connector
A post related to a “Neat trick” that resolves a problem or is a handy tip on product design.
In a previous blog post I discussed using colour and encouraged you to be brave on designing for the maximum visual impact.
Today I am going to encourage you to throw away the rule book and think about using connectors for the wrong propose.
It’s ok I’m not going to suggest that you use DC connectors for Mains applications but I am going to get you to think about using connectors for purposes other than they were designed for.
Yes that’s right a USB connector can take 5V which is ample for most applications, and it’s small. Just because it’s a USB connector it does not mean that you can only use it for USB purposes.
Another great connector is the RJ series. For example, a RJ45 gives you 8 connections and a RJ48 will give you a full 10 connections.
What I am saying is that you don’t have to use the connectors for their original purposes. Try this the next time you have to design a new product.
By adopting these type of freely available connectors you not only reduce the interconnection size but you also enable your products to not rely on one manufacture for their parts to be available.
So there you have it throw our the rule book and let loose your creative imagination for solving those interconnection issues that have been giving you trouble for far too long!
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