I always find it interesting looking at peoples workspaces and electronics labs. They are great for ideas on what to do with your own.
My electronics area is centred around a 1.8x1.8M corner office desk, with a 1.2x0.6M desk on the end for the colour laser and more storage drawers. In the picture you can just see the corner of my 1.8x0.9m computer desk which fills up most of the rest of the room along with 2 book cases and a wardrobe (used for storing reels, pcbs, product and packaging). This room used to be a bedroom.
A lot of my novels had to get shifted to another room to allow me to put my tools on the shelf. Normally i have a PC power supply that i’ve hacked with banana plugs on the shelf next to the lab supply, however that’s in the garage at the moment running tests on HID Xenons (trying to blow up the ballasts).
My lab’s todo list:
- Another 3x 20 drawer stacks - i can’t store all my capacitors, mounting hardware or misc IC’s yet.
- Devise a better solder extraction system than what i have currently: an open window and an 80mm fan to disturb the airflow enough that you don’t end up with a face full of solder flux (fan is mounted on shelf next to the scope).
- Need a new peice of cardex to put over my aluminium sheet - the old one was too covered in flux and burns (cardboard over aluminium is the ultimate disposable, heat safe work area in my opinion)
- When my new Dell Precision arrives later this month, put my current Latitude over on the electronics work area. I use these for solder diagrams, schematics and reference - saves so much printing.
- Hack a new power supply with a Panda, relays and some Allegro ACS755’s to give me an amp regulated 12vx18Ax3, 5Vx20A, 3.3Vx25A power supply with voltage/amp readouts.