Luca Dentella writes: Ultra Librarian is a tool by Accelerated Designs to manage libraries of eletronic components (CAD design, simulation, 3d-modelling…). Many IC manufacturers provide Ultra Librarian files (.bxl) for their products: this tutorial will show how to use those … Read more
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Bertho shared his Executive Decision Maker Pro in the project log forum: Making decisions is a hard thing to do, so it seems to most of us. The creation of the original Executive Decision Maker has really relieved me of the … Read more
rng posted an update on his Razen PCB CAD tool we posted previously: Razen is now in open beta for Windows, Mac and Linux. I received a bunch of useful suggestions from people testing the alpha versions, and have improved Razen significantly … Read more
Mats informs us of GerrySweeney’s inexpensive Decade programmable resistor: I bought this 7-decade resistor box from Gerry Sweeeney for $18. It’s a really nice little cheap tool – much cheaper than the models with switches or thumbwheels that usually are 5-10 times as … Read more
Pedantite built his own Little Wire AVR programmer/tool: The Attiny 85 has a neat feature that I had overlooked until I built this in that it has a built in PLL that lets you run the system off the internal … Read more
Mats posted pictures of his MrRef voltage and current reference PCB build. This tool helps check the accuracy of your multimeter: Since my Agilent 34401 is currently out of calibration I didn’t bother installing the fine-adjustment trimopot. The 6350 is good … Read more
rng has been working on a new PCB CAD tool called Razen: Razen is a collaborative, scriptable schematic and PCB layout tool. Currently in development, a first alpha release will be available by April. Via the forum.
Mats continues his challenge of designing one PCB every week. This tool helps check the accuracy of your multimeter: The design might be interesting anyways since it has remote sensing for compensating for voltage drop in the cables. But if … Read more
Mats continues his challenge of designing one PCB every week. This tool helps to determine exact hole dimensions for screws and other parts. This weeks PAW will be extremely simple – it’s not even a breakout board, but it might … Read more
Geir shared his idea on how to convert the AOYUE 968 fume extraction tube into a DIY vacuum part pickup tool. All you need is a cheap manual pickup tool, a small valve, and lots of tape (the universal tool). … Read more
Presslab tears down the Weller WX 2021 soldering station. He is hunting for the pinout of the front panel serial connector. He was able to identify the serial IC used, and with it the pinout. Via the forum.
Mats tipped us to this high speed pick and place machine that’s currently about $3600 on Taobao. It features 15 automatic reel feeders, and the top speed of the machine is 6000 parts per hour. The placement head can handle … Read more
Need a precision reference to make sure your measurements are on the nose? Here is a simple breakout Dolabra designed for just that purpose. It’s a ADR510 based battery powered 1V reference, with +0.35% tolerance and 70 ppm/C temperature stability. … Read more
Always wanted to look at the electro-magnetic soup of signals sloshing around you. Tuomas made a device that let’s you watch these signals on your scope. It consists of an inductor that picks up the signals, and an amplifier that well … Read more
Sheldon has been using the Chipquik SMD291NL no clean tack flux, here is his review of it: Very tacky, can hold qfn and dfn by itself, once heated it becomes very sticky and is hard to clean even with 91% … Read more
JuKu wrote about his latest purchase, the Atten PPS3203T 3 channel 3A programmable power supply. It features 2 0-32v channels and a single 0-6V channel, as well asRS-232 and GPIB (IEEE 488.2) interfaces. I wanted an economical three output power … Read more
INA219 is a cool IC that measures voltage and current trough a shunt resistor, and relays the information over I2C. It provides the multiple of the two values, thus enabling easy power measurement. Opossum used it along with a Nokia … Read more
Bjbsquared designed a wire stripper tool with a LED indicator that flashes when contact with the wires is made. To built it you’ll need to get the model laser cut from acrylic or 3D printed. This is one of the … Read more
Schazamp bought a cheap Kendal 852D+ 2+1 hot-air and soldering iron rework tool. He opened it up and took some pictures. Most of the 852-whatever clones look pretty similar inside, there’s probably one factory churning out clones under a bunch … Read more
Akihibara has a great selection of tools and equipment too. Our favorite PCB drill press was widely available. More photos below the fold.