User talk:Purduecer

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Welcome to Open Circuits, Purduecer.

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Welcome. --DavidCary 15:46, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Purduecer's Future Workshop

Thank you for posting "Purduecer's Future Workshop" on Instructables.

After thinking far too often, "I know how to do this. I've done this before, and it was easy. But that was in a different city, with tools that I had to leave behind.", I decided I need to assemble my own workshop with my own collection of tools.

Perhaps if we talk to each other about ideas for a workshop, we will both end up with better workshops. I'm already posting what I know about electronic tools I'm buying for my workshop here at OpenCircuits -- for example, oscilloscope.

--DavidCary 23:15, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

Purduecer's Tools

Hey David,

I am a college student (go Purdue!) who interns in the summer and lives in a different location each year. As such, I currently live a very transient lifestyle, and lack a permanent workshop. Thus, for the time being, I require all of my tools and equipment to be very lightweight and portable (My current "workshop" consists of 2 toolboxes, a tackle box, a small package that contains all my parts in individually labeled bags, my laptop, and a cordless dremel tool.) Conveniently, if you keep everything well organized all you really need to be up and running is a folding chair, a table, and a power outlet.

My current equipment list reads something like as follows (in relative order of importance):

Electrical Equipment:

  1. Prototyping Equipment: solderless breadboards (recommend having at least 2), jumper wire set
  2. Power Supply: For now, I use a 5V AC Adapter with the jack cut off. I can then screw the free wires to the barrier strip on the breadboard for testing with most CMOS logic. In the future, I may upgrade my power supply to an Converted ATX supply or possibly a professional version
  3. Basic Equipment: Hemostat, Screwdrivers, Pliers, Wire-Stripper/Cutter/Crimper, Diagonal Cutters, Exacto Knife, Reliable Multimeter (I use this one myself, and can only say good things about it), Safety Glasses (never can be too careful)
  4. Storage: I have a tackle box dedicated to electrical parts and a toolbox dedicated to tools
  5. Programmer: Many of my projects involve the use of a microcontroller. I've taken a liking to Microchip's PIC Microcontrollers, and so I got a PICkit2. Thus far it has handled everything I've needed to do very well. Some day I may upgrade to Microchip's ICD 3, but it could be awhile before I have the time to engage in projects that would require such a sophisticated piece of equipment.
  6. Soldering Iron: I started out with a cheap $15 dollar pencil-style iron, but ended up investing in a Weller WES51. Again, I can only say good things about this machine.
  7. Soldering Accessories: Spare Solder Station Tips, Solder (do you prefer leaded or lead free?), Desoldering Braid, solder fume extractor, smd tweezers (probably one of the best uses of my money to date), electrical tape

Other Equipment:

  1. Dremel Tool: I went ahead and grabbed Dremel's 10.8V cordless tool, as well as a second battery and a few accessories. It has been very helpful on projects so far and will continue to be so in the future.
  2. Hot Glue Gun: Along with the Dremel Tool and Soldering Iron, the Hot Glue Gun (I grabbed the version you can see in the picture) completes the holy trinity of hobby tools (at least as far as I'm concerned).
  3. Workbench: Currently, I use a cheap computer desk I got from Office Depot. It's a little cramped, but gives me enough project space for the time being.

Anyhow, that's what I work with currently, and it has allowed me to do a great deal of hobby work. I will add to this list with stuff I'm looking forward to getting when time permits. --Purduecer 03:44, 14 April 2009 (UTC)