JUNE 2018 UPDATE:
All the adapters for clips and test probes have been updated!
In addition to a general improvement in design, now each adapter has a letter in relief to facilitate identification of the type:
- type A = “Mini Test Clip Hook Grabbers”
- type B = "SparkFun Alligator Clips"
- type C = "Hirschmann Grabber Clips"
- type D = "Hirschmann Spring Loaded Test Probes”
- type E = "Pomona Micro SMD Grabbers"
- type F = "E-Z-Micro-Hooks"
- type G = "Saleae and Zeroplus Logic Analyzers Probes"
- type H = "Tektronix Test Probes"
HAVE A LOOK AT THE NEW MODEL NOW AVAILABLE:
Octo+ PCB Workstation
The "PCB Workstation with Articulated Arms" is a very useful tool that allows you to make precise and stable connections to the pins of the electronic components on your printed circuit boards.
HAVE A LOOK AT THE ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON MAKE MAGAZINE:
"PCB Workstation" in the TOP 8 CLEVER JIGS on MAKE MAGAZINE:
If you don't own a 3D printer or quickly want to get a fully functional PCB Workstation with Articulated Arms including a large set of printed parts and accessories, it is now available a ready-to-use high quality kit!
PCB WORKSTATION KIT: € 89.90 Euro + shipping
The kit includes the following parts:
1 Base 18x18cm (16 sockets)
4 PCB Holders (M5 Hex Bolts and Wing Nuts included)
4 Crane Arms for Needle Probes (M4 Hex Bolts and Wing Nuts included) NEW ADDITION!
4 Needles 40x0,80mm (presoldered to cables) NEW ADDITION!
8 Articulated Arms equipped with "Mini Test Clip Hook Grabbers" and proper Adapters
1 Set of 8 Adapters for "SparkFun Alligator Clips"
. . (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/12033)
1 Set of 8 Adapters for "Hirschmann Grabber Clips"
. . (http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/grabber-clips/0775704)
1 Set of 8 Adapters for "Hirschmann Spring Loaded Test Probes"
. . (http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/needle-point-probes/0775726)
1 Set of 8 Adapters for "Pomona Micro SMD Grabbers"
. . (http://www.digikey.com/catalog/en/partgroup/micro-smd-grabber-72902-series/16004)
1 Set of 8 Adapters for "E-Z-Micro-Hooks"
. . (http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/e-z-hook/XKM-S/461-1012-ND/528233)
1 Set of 8 Adapters for "Saleae and Zeroplus Logic Analyzers Probes"
. . (http://www.amazon.com/Probe-Saleae-Logic16-Zeroplus-analyzers/dp/B005NR440W)
1 Set of 8 Adapters for "Tektronix Logic Analyzers Probes" NEW ADDITION!
Please note that the sets of adapters do not include the referred accessories that you have to buy separately. Only the "Mini Test Clip Hook Grabbers" are already provided with the kit.
Shipping costs for one package with one kit:
- to Italy: € 13.50 EUR (Paccocelere 3)
- to Europe: € 14.90 EUR (International Priority Mail)
- to USA or Asia: € 17.90 EUR (International Priority Mail)
- to rest of the world: € 21.90 EUR (International Priority Mail)
If you prefer shipment by Express Courier (with tracking number), please let me know your Country to calculate the cost.
If you want to buy a kit, you can order it paying the total cost (PCB Workstation Kit + shipping) to my PayPal ID [email protected]
Then send me an email to [email protected] with the following data:
- Name of purchased product (PCB Workstation Kit wAA)
- First Name Last Name / Company's Name
- ZIP code
- Phone (only for shipment by Express Courier)
Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information.
Support: 10° when needed (disabled for most pieces).
Infill: Medium for the bases, High for other parts.
Step 1: Mount the silicone bumpers
I suggest to apply 5 silicone bumpers beneath the base piece, so it will be more stable on the desk. You can use bumpers with a diameter up to 20mm.
Step 2: Assemble the PCB holders
The central part of each base consists of 4 sliding pieces arranged in a cross along which can be moved the anchoring blocks to firmly keep the printed circuit board in place. The assembly of the PCB holders to the base piece requires some wing nuts (5mm) and Hex bolts (5×12 mm). The PCB holders have two faces, one for straight sides, the other for the corners of a printed circuit board. You can choose the right face simply turning the holder.
Step 3: Mount the base joints
The base joints are required to mount the articulated arms to the base piece. Each type of base is equipped with multiple holes in which can be inserted a variable number of articulated arms for different purposes. These pieces have a slot to allow the passage of the electric cable without passing through the hole of the base, so it is very easy to insert, remove, or change an articulated arm on the fly.
Step 4: Assemble the bendable arms
The articulated arms are then made by assembling multiple ball and socket joints. Depending on the required length, an articulated arm may be formed from a variable number of ball and socket joints, however 20 elements should be sufficient for most uses. Each articulated arm provides an internal duct in which an electric cable can run.
If you wish to make more rigid articulated arms, you can use the provided special ball and socket joints that have a slightly smaller ball to allow the application of a rubberized coating that improves the friction and the stability of the articulated arms. I suggest the use of a small piece of heat shrink wrap 8mm (0.28") long, 0.27mm (270 micron) thick and 9mm (0.4") diameter.
I have also provided a new piece "B&S Joint (thick coated).stl" to allow the use of a thicker heat shrink tube.
Step 5: Install custom terminals with wires
Step 6: Mount optional base extension
The piece "BaseExtension.stl" can be used to expand the base, allowing for the mounting of bigger PCBs that do not fit onto a single base. This piece can be coupled with each available base (except "Baseround16cm12holes.stl") using the appropriate "extension linkage" piece supplied in the archive "ExtensionLinkages.zip".
Step 7: Assemble bendable arm with LED lamp
You can also add to your PCB workstation a terminal element that can accommodate an LED to illuminate a particular area of the PCB. I used a super bright white LED connected to a 9V battery using a 180 Ohm resistor.
Step 8: Add optional parts
Now that you have almost finished your customized "PCB Workstation" perhaps you will no longer use the old "third hand tool", but you could miss the magnifying glass. So, I have added a special piece "HolderMagnifyingGlass.stl" to still use the accessories of the old third hand tool, including the magnifying glass.