Fixing a PM5132 function generator with the Part Ninja

JanW has used the Part Ninja to rescue a PM5132 function generator: Today I put the Part Ninja to good use, it came in handy when I was troubleshooting an old Philips PM5132 function generator. While I was working on a project I wanted to take a break and switched the signal gen off, later […]

Part Ninja built on perfboard

JanW built a Part Ninja on perfboard. He used a DIP cased microcontroller and through hole parts. He also replaced the 2.5V voltage reference with the similarly specced  LM385-2.5. The connections were made with enamelled copper wire AWG 28. The lacquer is burned off by tinning it with a very hot soldering iron (400 ° […]

Part Ninja v1 free PCB build

Mikelelere built a free Part Ninja v1 PCB.  The Part Ninja is a electronic component testing tool. It identifies electronic components like transistors and FETs, determines the pinout, and measures basic specifications. If you build a free PCB we’ll send you another one! Blog about it, post a picture on Flicker, whatever – we’ll send […]

Part tester and Superprobe rolled into one

Dolabra is designing Donatello, a Part Ninja and Superprobe combo. Instead of having a display on the board, like the Superprobe and Part Ninja, he delegated the display to a host computer over USB. My intention is to make a combination part ninja and super probe. The idea is a USB device and a couple […]

Part Ninja v1c free PCB build

Ginpb built a free Part Ninja v1 PCB. The Part Ninja is a electronic component testing tool. It identifies electronic components like transistors and FETs, determines the pinout, and measures basic specifications. If you build a free PCB we’ll send you another one! Blog about it, post a picture on Flicker, whatever – we’ll send you […]

Workshop Update for July 13th, 2012

We played with the site theme a bit. There’s a temporary theme on the wiki right now. We sent a few projects out for a quote, including an acrylic case for the ATX power supply. WordPress, plugin, and server updates went smoothly today. In hardware design we fixed the little spelling mistake on the Part […]

Workshop Update for July 11th, 2012

We sketched a power up test helper to protect new circuits from going poof if there is a short, or other problem. We prepared for tomorrow’s workshop video, and we are preparing a Mouser order of standoffs in various sizes. We also scanned a few new PCBs for the free PCB drawer. We checked mispelled […]

Workshop Update for June 15th, 2012

Today we ported the open source USB to two microcontrollers, the PIC18F2550, and the PIC24FJ64GB002. While the echo demo we had worked with the PIC18F2550, it was built to work with the IR Toy, so some board specific stuff was in there. The new ports are bare bones, and are intended for any board that […]

Workshop Update for June 14th, 2012

Today we worked on the homemade flux video. Documentation for the Part Ninja continued. Most of the part recognition diagrams are uploaded, and the information on how the Part Ninja identifies different parts was added. Today we took a look at the Bus Blaster, and how we could improve it. This project is very far […]

Workshop Update for June 13th, 2012

Today we mixed up a few batches of homemade Rosin based flux recipes, the results in tomorrows workshop video. Documentation on the Part Ninja continued today, with concept and overview documented on the part specific testing page. We hit a snag with a USB cable that kept disconnecting the Part Ninja while we were collecting […]

Workshop Update for June 12th, 2012

Today we renewed websites, including 7400contest.com which is coming up again soon. We patched an SPI speed error in the Bus Pirate binary access mode. We had to cancel the company credit cards because 7 unexpected charges to Blizzard (World of Warcraft) and 4 to iTunes showed up today. In the process of checking the […]

Workshop Update for June 7th, 2012

The workshop video always sucks up a whole day, this one way longer than normal to edit though. Learn about the parts we stock and why. Routing of the soldering practice badge continues today. We set the design using 3 ‘595 shift registers, and one ULN2003 Darlington array. Two ‘595s control power to 15 columns […]

Workshop Update for 5th of June, 2012

Desktop cleanup yielded a few random project files that we added to the SVN. We’re preparing 2 different sales pages for the Bus Pirate. We’ll post both for feedback, and then randomly display them to determine if one is more effective. Any statistics will be posted on the blog. The DIY DP Badge is nearing […]

Workshop Update for June 4th, 2012

We commited a patch to the SPIsniffer utility for the Bus Pirate that fixes an error with correct port speed settings on some systems. We also started work on some landing, and sales pages for the Bus Pirate. A bunch of LEDs were added to the  Dangerous Prototypes solder practice badge. Part Ninja Processing app […]

Workshop Update for June 1st, 2012

Bay Area Maker Faire 2012 is over, but we still have pictures from last year (and every other Global Geek event) sitting on desktops around the workshop. We cleared 4 computer desktops that became totally packed with crap over the last year. We also finished internal and off-site backups of all systems in the workshop. […]

Workshop Update for May 31st, 2012

Today we made a video of the Get your Stuff Made presentation. We also worked on cleaning up the Bus Blaster v2/3/4 buffer logic. Design of the badge for New York Maker Faire started in full. It has options for through-hole or various surface mount part sizes. The picture above is of the latest design. […]

Workshop Update for May 30th, 2012

Today we submitted one talk and two poster proposals to the Open Hardware Summit. We’ll post those, including an idea we didn’t submit, tomorrow. A big box of PCBs from Seeed Studio’s Fusion PCB service came while we were away, today we grabbed them at the post office. We continue to develop the Part Ninja […]