Proteus Solder Station - 80mm/120mm fan

by ProteanMan, published

Proteus Solder Station - 80mm/120mm fan by ProteanMan Oct 11, 2017


If you have your own ideas about what to add then download the Female_Clip/Male_Clip STL files and design your own addition. Send me a message and the STL file when you're done and if it works then I can add it to this page. Put your name on it somewhere too for credit.

There are two options - 80mm fan size and 120mm fan size. The files will have the size in their title if they are for that specific fan size.

80mm fan size has 4 arms on each side. 120mm fan size has 6 arms on each side.

Suggest PETG or Nylon for arm pieces to ensure strength and durability. ABS and PLA will work as well if you don't have other options.
Ball Joints have two sizes depending on your printer accuracy. The standard has a .3mm distance between the ball joint and it's receiving socket. The "tight" file titles have a .1mm distance between the ball joint and it's receiving socket.
Maybe try printing one of each and see what works best for you.

A great soldering station that you can add to. There is the ability to have up to 8 independent arms attached to this. I thought standard alligator clips would be great as a common attachment (not included).

Any ideas for add-ons please let me know! Other clip types, front tray types, etc.

-80mm fan is used to remove solder fumes.
-Fan filter can be added with the multiple types of fan covers. Just mix the covers you need to make your filter work.
-8 independent arms available if you need them. Make them as long as you want.
-Screw this down to your work bench with the two holes behind the fan
-Removable large tray with 12 slots for components. This is optional and can be removed.
-2 holes on the side to drill out larger for a power plug insert and a switch/potentiometer to control fan speed.
-Arms are designed for 3mm bolts and the fan/fan covers are designed for 4mm bolts.
-(optional) Holes in the arm pieces are meant for an elastic string that will help for longer arms.
-Suggested arm length is about 5 Ball Joint pieces plus the alligator clip piece

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.

Materials Needed

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

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Thanks for sharing. An option for 120mm fan would be nice. Less noise and more air movement.

Updated it with a 120mm option. Hope it works out for you!

The fan bolt holes are 105 mm apart. I don't have a 120mm fan with me so I went with schematics from the internet. You can always just drill a new hole if it doesn't work. Let me know if they need to be a different distance apart... etc.

Great idea. I'll make that option available. It will need to be resized for it as well - which will give you another set of arms as well.