Building Your Own Electronics Lab

A Guide to Setting Up Your Own Gadget Workshop

By Dale Wheat

Create your own electronics lab customized for your needs and numbers.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-4386-1
  • 184 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2012
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $29.99
  • eBook Price: $20.99
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What should an electronics hackerspace look like? Is it in your bedroom, garage, a classroom, or even a suitcase?

And where do you start? What parts are essential, and which are just nice to have? And how do you organize it all?

Dale Wheat, the author of Arduino Internals, will show you how to build your own electronics lab complete with tools, parts, and power sources. You'll learn how to create a portable lab, a small lab to save space, and even a lab for small groups and classrooms.

You'll learn which parts and tools are indispensable no matter what type projects you're working on: which soldering irons are best, which tools, cables, and testing equipment you'll need. You'll also learn about different chips, boards, sensors, power sources, and which ones you'll want to keep on hand.

Finally, you'll learn how to assemble everything for the type of lab best suited to your needs. If you need to carry everything to your local makerspace, you can build the Portable Lab. If you plan to tinker at home or in the garage, there is the Corner Lab. If you're going to run your own local makerspace or you need to set up a lab to teach others, there is the Small-Group Lab.

No matter what your gadgeteering needs may be, Building Your Own Electronics Lab will show you exactly how to put it all together so you have what you need to get started.

What you’ll learn

  • Essential components of every electronics lab, and how to get them without going broke
  • The differences between types of electronics parts, accessories, and tools you may need
  • Designing a lab for portability
  • Designing a lab to save space
  • Designing a lab to share space and resources

Who this book is for

Electronics hobbyists, Arduino enthusiasts, hardware hackers, ham radio tinkerers, or anyone wanting to build their own makerspace.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Planning Your Electronics Workshop
  2. Building Your Tool Chest
  3. Parts – Both Spare and Not-so-Spare
  4. Portable Mini-Lab
  5. The Corner Lab
  6. The Small-Group Lab
  7. Appendix: Getting Started with Tool-Building
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