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7 Jun 2011

For today’s “Toolsday” we’ll be looking at the EX210 multimeter by Extech. It’s a mid-range meter that’ll take all your standard hobby readings like resistance, continuity, voltage, and current, but it also boasts an infrared thermometer and a backlit display. [via]

Toolbox Review: Extech EX210 Multimeter – [Link]

6 Jun 2011

Arhi tested out the VEHO Discover VMS004 Delux USB microscope: [via]

As expected – the “tripod” is crappy but could be used with some modifications…

The unexpected “con” wrt this microscope is that it can only do 20x and 400x – nothing in between. Not really what I expected, but not too big of a problem at the end. The 400x is ok for examining joints only dof is so shallow that it will take some getting used to ..

VMS004 delux USB microscope - [Link]

13 May 2011

Rohde & Schwarz have developed what is claimed to be the industry’s only digital oscilloscopes that offer real-time digital triggering. Designated the R&S RTO series, the advanced scopes aim to significantly enhance productivity and product performance for debugging embedded systems. [via]

Digital scope features real-time digital triggering – [Link]

1 May 2011

dangerousprototypes.com writes:

EDN reviewed the Oscium logic analyzer and oscilloscope for the iPhone/centiPad. It uses the Cypress PSoC 3, which is a CPU+FPGA hybrid. Cool tech, but too closed and pricey for us: [via]

The $297.99 device comprehends one analog and four digital channels, touts 5 MHz analog bandwidth and 12 million sample/sec specifications

Oscium iOS oscilloscope review – [Link]

29 Apr 2011

If you’d like to try your hand at turning on a lathe, but don’t want to shell out for a machine, how about printing your own EZLathe? Paul writes: [via]

So I’ve built a complete mini lathe system I’m calling the EZLathe… Fully 3D Printable except a small motor, and a couple pieces of cheap electronics. And able to do small wood turning jobs, or small pieces of pretty much anything.

He designed it in Sketchup and printed it on his Up! 3D printer. The design is still in process, but he’s released the files on his site and intends to create additional documentation soon.

3D-Printed Lathe – [Link]

8 Apr 2011

dangerousprototypes.com [via]

The Atten ADS1062CA is a dual channel digital storage oscilloscope capable of 1Gsamples a second, and an analog bandwidth of 60Mhz. An oscilloscope is a useful piece of equipment when we work on hardware. We use it to find optimal component values, watch reset pins on microcontrollers, or find the source of unwanted noise. See Make’s take on oscilloscopes.

Atten ADS1062CA oscilloscope – [Link]

23 Mar 2011

Justblair writes:

I recently saw a couple of articles on Hackaday regarding the modification of cheap digital callipers. It turns out that as well as being able to interface these callipers to a microcontroller such as an Arduino, there are some hidden functions that are simple to unlock. I was curious because I happen to own a very similar set of callipers already. Well I could not see a perfectly good tool go unmodified for long.

Hacking a Digital Calliper – [Link]

18 Mar 2011

A compact, professional PCB router for producing complete PCBs quickly at very high accuracy. The PCB Prototyper is an ideal tool for use not only by independent developers of electronics but also in laboratories, workshops, schools and colleges where prototype PCBs have to be developed quickly. The Elektor PCB Prototyper eradicates waiting for boards from large PCB manufacturers — instead you can instantly make your own PCB in-house, drastically cutting product development time. More info at http://www.elektor.com/prototyper

Elektor PCB Prototyper - [Link]

12 Mar 2011

Hotsolder repaired his malfunctioning Rigol, A bad rotary encoder can make your tools useless in worst cases. Fortunately it is an easy fix, he has created a slide show demonstrating just how easy it is. [via]

Repair your own oscilloscope – [Link]

11 Mar 2011

omegat shared his hot air soldering station:

I saw an inspiring post on here; which made me creative. The whole thing should be cheaper than an Aoyue hot air soldering station (~85€).

DIY hot air rework station – [Link]





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