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Engineer of None's Fume Filter Lamp Upgrade Project

Gareth Halfacree

Engineer of None's desk lamp smoke extractor

If you spend any length of time soldering, you'll be aware of the need for smoke extraction - if not directly, then by the feeling in your lungs after a particularly lengthy build session. There are plenty of commercial smoke extractors and filtration systems available on the market, but the maker way is usually simpler: an old PC case fan and an activated charcoal filter, held upright by a simple wire stand.

That's the traditional build, but Engineer of None's latest project is an interesting variant on the theme: building a smoke extractor into an existing desk lamp. Published yesterday to the Engineer of None YouTube channel, it's a relatively simple build with a few neat twists - like using a toaster to soften acrylic in order to form a structure which matches the curvature of the lamp, and the mounting of a dedicated toggle power switch so the fan can be run independently of the filter.

The best feature of the build, though, is how the fan follows the position of the lamp: because it's attached to the lamp's shade, the adjustable angle stand can be used to place the smoke extractor wherever it is required for maximum efficacy. Placing it up above the work area also serves to reduce clutter, with no trailing wires to get caught up and no risk of knocking the fan over part-way through a project.

Rough instructions for the build can be found on Engineer of None's Instructable, along with a list of parts used.

Everyone that does soldering in electronics must have a smoke extractor, a simple search online will give you different models but i like the idea to make my own smoke extractor. The idea for my extractor is to have the possibility to move around my desk depending on the angle of the PCB board my extractor as to adapt.

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