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Please post dimensions of components!
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Please post dimensions of components!

by jayeye on Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:33 pm

Lots of components you sell are without any indication of dimensions. For example, https://www.adafruit.com/product/1489 says "6mm". What is that? The pitch of the terminals? The length of the box? Would it kill you to actually say "the switch is WxLxHmm, and the terminals are this far apart"?

Yes, of course I can use calipers, but that's not the point.

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Re: Please post dimensions of components!

by westfw on Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:54 pm

"6mm switches" are a standard sort-of like "1 inch pipe", where you sort of look at the datahseet and ask yourself "WHICH part is supposed to me 6mm, exactly?" (it's actually a bit better. The "body" of such swicthes is usually actually 6mm.)
https://dznh3ojzb2azq.cloudfront.net/pr ... asheet.pdf
(not the actual switch Adafruit sells, but a similar one conforming to the same standard.)
So, about 6mm*3.5mm body, mounting holes should be on 6.4mm centers...

You should realize that some of what Adafruit DOES is to pick low-priced vendors and manufacturers of various "jelly-bean" parts. and put them through "evaluation" like:
1) This looks and feels pretty good, and seems to do what we want it to.
2) The vendor sent us the same parts several times in a row. With predictable promptness.
3) We've sold them to customers and had few complaints.
This is a valuable service! But it does mean that there is not always an exact datasheet for each product

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