Sometimes it’s the tiniest issues that need addressing. We go through a lot of IC’s at oomlout HQ and every time we opened a new tube we were having trouble popping out the little plastic pin at the end.
Fingers, pliers, teeth none of them really worked.
To address this we designed ourselves a super simple little tool. We have one placed everywhere pin popping is required and we’ve never been happier (well we’ve been happier but we’ve never been able to pop IC tube pins easier)
We do quite a bit of soldering at .:oomlout:. and as all will know proper air flow when doing so is important. Until now we’ve been taking a hammer to the situation by turning on a large fan. However as the temperature begins to dip that solution is growing more and more unpleasant. To tackle this we bought some 80mm PC fans and cut up a small stand to hold them. Now soldering (and breathing) continues apace, just without the jacket.
We’ve recently grown annoyed with the slightly bow legged stance DIP ICs ship with (it makes inserting them into sockets ever so frustrating). Rather than continue to spend longer than we liked on less than perfect results we decided to make ourselves a little jig to help out.
Simply slide the IC along the channel and the two bearings ensure the ICs pins are bent straight and ready for insertion (we have to thank EMSL for letting us know that these existed ( here ) )
We go through a lot of ribbons of resistors at oomlout. While we have gotten quite speedy slicing them with scissors we knew there had to be a better way. As a result, we decided to design a machine to help us out.
The current prototype takes an Arduino, a stepper motor, two RC servos, two exacto blades and a bundle of laser sliced 3mm MDF. It produces resistors strips of any length.
A lovely video of it in action:
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We have plans to fix a few things up before cleaning up the files and documenting it properly but if you’d like to get a jump start design files can be downloaded (http://www.oomlout.com/RECO/) (CC BY-SA).