Hi! This time I’ll show you my home Lab which is where I usually tear things apart and sometimes make some electronic or electromechanical devices. So, my lab is composed by two workbenches: one for computer programming and electronics and another one for the hard work (cutting, drilling, hammering, etc.).
In the first workbench I have an old computer for computer programming and CNC machine control, a 12V/2A cheap lab power supply, a cheap multimeter, and an ERSA RDS80 soldering station with digital temperature control, which I strongly recommend if you’re willing to spend some money on soldering equipment (if you just want to buy a soldering iron I recommend you to buy one from ERSA or JBC). Besides this basic tools I also have a precision screwdriver set and lots and lots of mini shelves that I bought in some chinese shop to store all the components.
In the second workbench I have a bench drill press, electric screwdriver, a Dremel, drill bits, jigsaw, handsaw, and some other basic tools that any electronics hobbyist requires. In one of the shelves I store the few chemicals I sometimes use (acetone for glueing plexiglass, Chloridric acid for PCB etching, etc.) and some spray paint. Next to this workbench I have a box where I store some materials like aluminium, plexiglass, plastic, etc.
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Besides this two workbenches I have a mobile mini desk with my homemade CNC machine and controller. I called it The Maker1. I use it for precision cutting and to make some computer-designed pieces. It has a work area of approximately 250x250mm. In the future I want to try to make PCBs with it too. Someday I’ll make a post about the construction of the machine and the software toolchain I use to design the pieces and to operate the machine (by the way, The Maker2 is currently in slow development).
I hope you like the pics and if you have an home Lab, feel free to share it in the comments 😉
Update (10/01/12): The post about the software toolchain that I use to design the parts and operate the CNC is available here.
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