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Basement electronics lab

Description

This page documents the design and implementation of a dedicated electronics lab in my basement.

Since creating this page, the design phase of this new electronics lab is over, and the lab has been built and is functional. Due to a lack of space, and to avoid dust contamination, I have decided to keep most mechanical work out of this e-lab, and integrate only such mechanical operations directly connected to electronics, for example PCB cutting and drilling.
To prevent dust from this from getting both into the electronic parts and my lungs, there is a small dust collector for these things, and an extractor hood for longer soldering sessions or working with larger amount of solvents. It might also prove useful when 3d-printing ABS plastic.

The lab is located within one room, but I have set up five work places on separate tables for different purposes, where I have tried to store the respective accessories near their respective work area.

Note that the following photos were taken in 2013, and the place has changed a bit in the meantime. I will take and publish new photos as time permits.

Development / testing

The development workplace has all the tools required to build experimental circuits, test them, and do measurements - which also fulfils the needs for investigating defects on existing self-made or commercial products.

Development desk

Equipment

I plan to build a set of near-field probes for EMI and noise measurements. Some information on that is here.

Lab PC

E-Lab PC station

Equipment

Soldering

Soldering desk

Equipment

PCB production / mechanical

PCB production and mechanical workbench

Equipment

3D Printer

Equipment

Logbook