What’s In My Maker’s Lab?

A Comprehensive List of The Tools and Equipment I Use to Make My Projects

Uri Shaked
Oct 28, 2018 · 5 min read

When I show my projects to people, I often get asked what kind of equipment I have in my lab, and how I use it for my projects. So here is a brief summary:

Electronics

CPS-3205 Lab Power Supply

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The CPS-3205 powering my first Android Things project

Bakon SBK8586 Soldering Station

Soldering + Hot Air Station came in really handy when I built the ng-beacons

Sparkfun Straight Tweezers

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I found this little guy on our Basil plant

Third-Hand tool

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Third hand tool and tweezers help when assembling the heart PCB I designed for Ariella Eliassaf’s birthday

MN16A Multimeter

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Measuring some stuff

Raspberry Pi 3

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Using the Raspberry Pi to extract content from a Serial Flash Memory chip

In addition, many electronic boards and components that I order come with some sample code, and it is usually either Raspberry Pi or Arduino code. For instance, the Waveshare E-Paper display module I used in the Real-Life version of the Chrome T-Rex Game came with some Raspberry Pi code, which I later ported to run on Espruino:

Arduino

I also use the Arduino in my workshops

J-Link Programmer

More Stuff

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These are neatly organized thanks to my 3D printer

The 3D Printer

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A linear motion mechanism I printed

I mainly use OpenSCAD for more complex designs, such as the fingers mechanism for the trumpet playing robot:

The printer is also very useful for organizing my stuff, for instance — my USB cables:

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As some point, I even added plotting capabilities to my printer (it was as simple as printing a single part, and tinkering with the software):

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My 3D printer can also draw and sketch!

Hardware

Bosch PSR-1440 Cordless Drill/Driver

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The drum of my DiY Rotary Rock Tumbler. You can watch it in action

I have a set of drills ranging from 2mm up to 10mm, and a bunch of screws, mainly M3 and M4 screws with matching nuts and washers.

Having a drill is really useful when prototyping 3D parts, as I can drill holes in the draft parts instead of having to print them again with the holes.

Eye Protection

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I can cut onions with no tears! 💧⛔

Digital Caliper

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Using the caliper I designed a PCB that could fit inside this bulb, turning it into a wireless bulb

So There You Have It!


This is the 26th post in my Postober Challenge — writing something new every single day throughout October.

I will tweet whenever I publish a new post, promise! ✍

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