Updated May 21st 2018
Added side station attachments - Wire Mesh, Sponge, Spring Holder - for both left and right. This is for both left and right handed people.
Have a look at @streetmaker and @memisis who printed this out in some great colours! The real life photos are from their makes of the solder station.
This does not remove solder fumes from your environment. The purpose is to pull them away from your face. Please use adequate ventilation and/or attach a solder fume filter to the back of the fan. Be safe and think about your lungs.
Click the "Remixes" tab to see other great ideas for this project. If you have your own ideas about what to add you can create Side Stations for both stations. The Left and Right sides have two 4mm holes for you to add anything you want of your own design, most common being a custom solder rod holder. Put your name on your adaptation for credit.
80mm fan size and 120mm fan size. The files will have the size in their title if they are for that specific fan size.
You will have to figure out the wiring on your own. There is an On/Off switch location at the top of both stations if you would like to wire that into your fan power supply. Easiest would be to have a power supply that fits your fan's voltage/amperage, then wire the power supply negative to the fan's negative, the power supply positive to either the fans positive or the center terminal of your on/off switch and the fan's positive to the side terminal of your on/off switch.
Use stronger materials such as ABS, PETG, Nylon, or HTPLA for the Ball Joints. This ensures long use and less wear from movement friction.
Ball Joints: There are three options for the Ball/Socket Joints - Standard Fit, Tight Fit, Super Tight Fit. These refer to the distance between the ball and socket. Test out each one to see which is the best for movement vs. stiffness. Stiffer will allow you to hold heavier objects with each arm.
Optional: If the three ball joint options don't work for you then check your horizontal expansion in your slicer to ensure that the arm joints have enough distance between each ball/socket. In Cura it's a setting called Horizontal Expansion - under the Shell settings. A positive number will shrink the shell of your print, a negative will enlarge it. This means that the distance between the ball and socket joints will get larger with a positive setting. If the ball and socket joints are too loose then you can just set a negative number to fix this (start with "-.05"). The Horizontal expansion is in millimeters (mm).
1- Find the parts you need from the files listed. 80mm and 120mm fan sized parts are labeled accordingly.
2 - Print the base station parts before the arms. Assemble the fan and wire it up before printing the arms. This will save you a lot of plastic if you printed an error. Let me know if something doesn't work as listed. Try re-downloading the STL file if something doesn't slice properly.
3 - Print the arm Ball Sockets with 70% infill or higher.
4 - Assemble arms from the Alligator Clip end first. Running a heavy single strand wire down the center hole of each piece. Wrap the wire around the Alligator Clip square end to tie it off, as well as around the 3mm bolts at the Base Stations end of each arm. The heavy gauge single stranded wire will keep the arms stiff and upright with even a heavy load. The wire is not absolutely needed if the ball joints are sturdy, but consider adding the wire if the arms have a hard time holding up heavy objects. 14 gauge or larger is best.
5 - Attache as many arms as desired with a maximum of 6 on the 80mm station and 8 on the 120mm station.
6 - The fan should pull the air away and not blow air towards the arms.
7 - screw/bolt the station to your work area if needed. I find that the station design can hold heavy weights without screwing/bolting it down.
8 - The arms are designed to fit standard or larger Alligator Clips. You can use any clamp that you desire on each arm, or attach something else.
There are two types of attachments available. Depending if you are left or right handed, you will need to print the side attachment that goes with your soldering hand.
- Wire Mesh and Standard Spring Soldering Iron Holder. I modeled the spring insert after a generic Mode Soldering Iron. If your spring iron holder is different and uses a bolt then let me know - enough demand and I'll adjust the attachment.
Please share any great images with me and I may add them to this page for others to use as reference.
Any ideas for add-ons please let me know! Other clip types, front tray types, etc.
Overview and Background
A simply yet versatile soldering station.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Build it, use it, have a way better time soldering!
I am a teacher, if you want an actual lesson plan just ask. This doesn't require one since it is a tool to use in schools, work, and home.
Required Materials to create this station
80mm fan - Voltage is your choice
AC/DC converter that matches your fans voltage. 2amp is probably enough.
Alligator Clips X8
Switch (optional) to turn the fan on and off
Potentiometer (optional) to adjust fan speed