Welcome to the electronics room! If you don't know what something does, please ask. The Zone Warden is Nate B. The zone warden sign is here: http://i3detroit.com/wi/index.php?title=File:ERoomZonePosterWithMoney.docx
Tools in this zone:
Edsyn Loner soldering stations (the black ones directly above the bench)
Weller WLC-100 soldering stations (the orange ones on the top shelf)
As with all of i3, leave nothing on the workbenches. Your project can be stored in a labeled box in the electronics room if you are actively working on it and it is small. Otherwise, take it home or use regular member storage.
If you were trimming or stripping wires, consider sweeping before you leave.
The gray and gray/yellow drawers on the back wall are the electronics "store". These components are for anyone who has a use for them. Place payment in the drawer labeled "Gives us the money Lebowski" near the middle. The image on the right is an approximate map to the component locations as of late August 2012. Ping Nate B for an update if one appears to be needed.
Some drawers are now labeled with prices, usually a cost "C" which is what it costs us to restock, and a second value for comparison, like "RS" for Radio Shack's price on an equivalent item. These are just FYI, and all we ask is that you cover the cost. Any markup beyond that is up to you, but you can be pretty generous and still save a bundle compared to retail. A buck here and there helps the selection continue to grow!
If there's no cost label and you don't know what a component goes for, find it on http://mouser.com/ and add 10% to cover shipping. If you need change, break your bills with change from the cup in the fridge. However, these funds go to different places, so don't just drop money in the wrong cup.
If you wish to donate components to the store, feel free to do so. If it is clear where they belong, just drop them in, adding labels as necessary. Avoid leaving anything in an unlabeled drawer or bin. If you don't know where something belongs, ask Nate B, or leave a note indicating your intent and he will find or make a place so the parts can remain organized.
Reference prices for bulk items: Rather than tagging each value individually...
|3 or 5mm LED, red/green/yellow||5c|
|3 or 5mm LED, white or blue||10c|
|Any ceramic cap||5c|
|Electrolytic caps||Use Mouser, or ask|
|Zener diodes, up to 1W||10c|
|Other diodes||Use Mouser, or ask|
|0.100" Harwin housings, 1 position||2c|
|0.100" Harwin housings, 2 positions||15c|
|0.100" Harwin housings, 3+ positions||25c|
|0.100" Harwin crimp pins||7c|
more to come...
Parts on this list will be ordered ASAP.
|Who wants it?||What is it?||Quantity desired||Qty Ordered||Mouser part #||Digi-key part #||notes|
|e-lab||Harwin single female crimp terminals||1000||855-M20-1180042||DK's price sucks|
|nate b /||wide-ass Kapton tape||1||0||http://store.makerbot.com/kapton-120-mm-tape.html|
If you need an Arduino on short notice at a decent price, please contact Roger S. Here's a listing of current inventory:
|Mega 2650 R1||$22||1|
|Motor Control Shield||$9||3|
|Yellow I2C LCD Module||$13||2|
|Breadboard Power Supply||$3||2|
The motor control shield is this one: http://www.ladyada.net/make/mshield/
The following list is an attempt to offer up suggestions of tasks that could be accomplished in the Electronics Room by people interested in helping out.
Feel free to take charge of one or more of these items as your time and expertise allow. If you have taken charge of a task, please put your name into the field next to the task.
Should you run out of time or ability to complete a task, make sure to post on the mailing list and "fail loudly". This ensures that task status is shared, and no task languishes in silent failure.
|Populate ToDo List||Add a list of things that are needed/wanting to be done in the eRoom.||1||Nate B.|
|Fix the Roombas||At least one of the Roomba vacuums has a charging problem that we can fix. New FETs are in the "SMT Crap" bin.||1||?|
|Partslaser mechanism||Build X-Y gimbal, motor controller, laser enable, and camera mount||?||?|
|Partslaser software||Spreadsheet/database, label printing, find-a-part interface||?||?|
|Cabinet map||Until Partslaser is operational, an easier way to update https://www.i3detroit.org/wiki/File:NewERoomWithOverlays-output.jpg would be nice.||2||?|
|Improve lightbulb load-box||Add a temperature-controlled exhaust fan, and corresponding intake grille, to the load-bank box.||3||?|
|20A plug on CZ strip||Replace the temporary 15A plug on the compute zone power strip||?||Lego|
|wire spool rack||Design a (laser-cuttable?) rack for small wire spools, that hangs on pegboard or under shelf||?||?|
|equipment pages for the keysight gear||wiki zone task? find the right template and make stub pages for the MSOX4154A, the E3631A, the 33600A, and 34461A.||?||?|
|tenma meter repair||Fix the sticky ammeter needle on the Tenma 72-630 PSU. Gently!||?||?|
Some resources I've found useful for learning soldering, for those like me that prefer a good video over reading a website:
Pace Basic Soldering Lessons: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL926EC0F1F93C1837
Pace Rework & Repair Lessons: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL958FF32927823D12
Tangent Tutorials: http://tangentsoft.net/elec/movies/
What's that? A collaboratively-edited collection of parts that hobbyists actually find useful? Yes! Behold, the Partfinder! http://www.ladyada.net/wiki/partfinder See also Dangerous Prototypes' collection: http://dangerousprototypes.com/docs/Partlist
There's a trove of 7400-series datasheets here: http://www.skot9000.com/logic-datasheets/
Gorgeous printable reference sheets: http://www.akafugu.jp/posts/resources/reference-sheet/
Nate B's personal bookmarks on the subject are here: http://delicious.com/myself248/electronics
Please feel free to edit this section and add more links!