Pogo pins + laser cutter = test fixture

Eric Gunnerson made this DIY pogo-pin test jig: I decided to build a pogo-pin test jig, and since the approach I came up with was different than the other approaches I’ve seen I thought it would be worth sharing. I’m going to be targeting my laser cutter for fabrication, though I could have chosen to […]

Sweeperino, Arduino based test instrument

Ashhar Farhan (VU2ESE) made an Arduino based sweeper for ham radio homebrewing, that is available on GitHub: The Sweeperino a very useful Arduino based test instrument. It is the following: *A very stable, low noise signal generator from 4 MHz to 160 MHz without any spurs *A high precision power meter with 90 db with […]

A DIY SMD pick and place tool for electronics assembly

Here’s a DIY vacuum pick-up tool for SMD components: This video describes a DIY Vacuum Pick-up tool for picking and placing parts from an SMD component tape. The basic design for this tool involves using a vacuum pump and a solenoid to control the vacuum to a handpiece under control of a foot pedal. Via SDG […]

Guitar Amp builder notes — AF power amplifier dummy load

Vasily Ivanenko has written an article detailing his AF dummy load project: I’ll describe a simple 8, or 4 Ω dummy load to test your home brew guitar power amplifiers. Low cost 16 Ω / 25W wire wound, aluminum shell, chassis mount resistors seem abundant.  I got mine on eBay.  Wire wound resistors vary in quality, design […]

CurrentRanger: auto-ranging current meter

An auto-ranging nanoAmp meter from LowPowerLab: CurrentRanger is a nanoAmp current meter featuring auto-ranging, uni/bi-directional modes, bluetooth data logging options and more. It is a highly hackable and affordable ultra low-burden-voltage ammeter, appropriate for hobby and professional use where capturing fast current transients and measurement precision are important. More details on LowPowerLab site. Check out […]

A full review of EasyEDA: A circuit EDA online tool

Yahya Tawil wrote in to share his review of a web based EDA tool, the EasyEDA. He explains the general structure of this tool and some of its cool features: EDA cloud tools which are related to electronics are emerging exponentially in almost all aspects (i.e. simulation, PCB design, footprint creation, gerber files viewing and 3D […]

Getting control over a 50 watt CO2 laser cutter from China

Unboxing laser cutter Co2 50 watt from China: There are people around me who think I’m crazy. And they are probably right. Who else would buy a machine from someone he does not know. I have to pay upfront. It is not clear how things will get delivered, what gets delivered, or if it gets delivered […]

Adjustable constant current source

Dilshan Jayakody has published a new build: The current source introduced in this article is capable to handle current up to 6A with maximum input voltage of 50V. This is an operational amplifier based adjustable current source and it uses LM358 in a general voltage follower configuration. To handle large currents we use four 0.1Ω […]

Review of NeoDen 4 pick and place machine with vision system

Ray Wang wrote up a review of NeoDen 4 pick and place machine with built-in vision system: Recently NeoDen released a new model called NeoDen 4 — it’s their first desktop model that has built-in computer vision system. The vision-based alignment makes it possible to place fine-pitched components with minimal manual work. It has four pick […]

Elektor 500ppm LCR meter case tips

NopHead wrote a blog post review of Elektor 500ppm LCR meter: I recently bought a 500ppm LCR meter from Elektor because I didn’t have anything for measuring inductors or the ESR (equivalent series resistance) of capacitors, both of which are important for modern electronics, particularly switch mode regulators that have become ubiquitous. It is also more accurate […]

New Energia 17 release brings SensorTag, Red Bear CC3200 And F28069M support

The Energia team announces the availability of version 0101E0017.  We wrote about it previously: A new version of Energia has been released. This version fixes alot of bugs from the previous version and also adds support for the following: Support for three new boards have been added added: – CC2650 based SensorTag (MT) – CC3200 based […]

X-Carve CNC mill build log & review

Jeremy Blum writes: A few months ago, I built and reviewed the Shapeoko2 CNC mill from Inventables. Now, I’m back to review its successor, the X-Carve. The X-Carve features new-and-improved mechanics, a much sturdier spindle mounting system, and a myriad of other improvements that make it easier than ever to venture into the world of […]