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What's the difference between the chisel tip and screwdriver tip for soldering irons?

I've decided to take up learning soldering and I've seen people recommend the chisel tip for the kind of work I want to do. I took a look online and found that screwdriver tips look very similar to ...
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How do different kinds of vacuum pick-up tools compare?

My company has extensive experience assembling through-hole PCBs, but relatively little experience with SMT. I've just been introduced to the idea of vacuum pick-up tools for SMT components. (Examples ...
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How to Convert board files from Mentor Expedition to Cadence Allegro

I have a board file that was created using Mentor Expedition. I need to convert it to Cadence Allegro version to be able to edit it and make changes. Following are the versions of the mentor and ...
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How to strip wire using Wire Wrapping Tool from OK Industries

For learning wire wrapping, I have a wire wrapping/unwrapping tool from OK Industries (HW-UW-3C) and some 30 AWG wire wrapping wire. Is it possible to use this tool to strip the wire?
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Heating element as resistor for motor fan assembly in heat gun

Repairing the heat gun is not an option at this point, but out of curiosity I want to dig deeper into the problem: There are four wires associated with the heating element assembly, two of which ...
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How to create block diagrams efficiently?

TL;DR: Need good block diagram schematic drawing process. Table of Contents Topicality and Relevance Question Topicality and Relevance Topicality: John F. Wakerly, in his book Digital Design: ...
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Advice about Bulgin Buccaneer Mini pin insertion?

I am trying to make several waterproof cable terminations using Buccaneer Mini connectors by Bulgin using: These inserts. And these pins. As far as I can tell from Bulgin's product documentation, ...
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Tool to remove traces on a stripboard? [duplicate]

I was wondering what sort of tool works best for removing traces on a stripboard like the following: Datasheet. Product page on Mouser. Image from http://commons.wikimedia.org
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What is the purpose of the pin and hole on some pairs of tweezers?

I use a set of tweezers as part of my toolkit, and they have a hole in one arm and a corresponding spike in the other. Why?
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What is the best tool to hold small printed circuit board?

To solder a small PCB I need something that can hold it very tightly, so I can touch it and it won't move. I tried a lot of tools. First I used this third hand with magnifying glass below. But it can ...
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Manufacturing a device from off-the-shelf components [closed]

I pursue an experimental project that comprises the development of a car GPS navigation unit and software for it. We develop and test the software on a working laptop-based prototype which has a ...
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good electrical terminal crimpers? [closed]

Anyone know of a good type of electrical terminal crimpers from a reputable manufacturer? The ones you find at Home Depot or Lowes are cheap, but they're simple lever systems for squishing the ...
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Using GNU/Linux as an Electronics Engineer? [closed]

Are there many companies that provide a GNU/Linux environment for their electronic engineers?
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Why might a multimeter ask for “wrong” fuse sizes?

Why might a multimeter ask for the "wrong" sizes of fuses? On the front of my Fluke 87 multimeter, the two probe ports for amperage are labeled as fused at 10A (max) and 400mA (max). When opening the ...
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PCB drilling - drill bit material selection

I am planning to buy a bench drill (something like that one) to make small hole, 0.5-1.0 mm. I recently used a Bosh drill and 1mm steel drill bit to make a hole on a FP4 fiberglass board, but the ...
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Which tool do I have to use for wire connector?

I want to make the wire connector as the screen below. What tool do I need to use and how can I make it?
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Impedance calculators differ pretty much?

As you can see here to calculators I found show huge difference or didn't I set it up correctly? I didn't found hints on possible validity limits. Can someone say if one of those given out results ...
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Best way to remove pins from IC storage tubes?

I often buy ICs that come in clear plastic storage tubes like this: There are plastic pins on either end that keep the ICs from sliding out. I'm sure you're all familiar with this.. Sometimes I ...
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what is solderless post

I've seen metal "sticks" with a special end that let them fit snugly into a through-hole for when you want a contact but don't want to solder a wire into the hole. What are they called and where can I ...
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Designing FPGA code in block diagrams

I've briefly flirted with FPGA development in Verilog, and its admittedly somewhat slower than writing the same program on an MCU (defining pins, and their behaviour, no modules available, etc). I've ...
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Soldering gun vs. soldering iron

Everywhere I look, nobody seems to use a soldering gun for electronics work only soldering irons. Is there a good reason for that ? I'm a beginner in electronics and I happend to have a soldering ...
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A CNC machine for PCB manufacturing

I'm looking for a CNC machine that can be used for different PCB manufacturing tasks such as: Drilling PCBs (using a rotating head) Pick and place (to assemble PCBs) Soldering This CNC does not ...
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Is a separate usb signal generator and scope more accurate or flexible than a combination unit?

I have the option of buying an integrated usb function generator/scope, for instance Velleman PCSGU250 or separate oscilliscope (eg Velleman PCSU1000) and function generator (eg Velleman PCGU1000). ...
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What do I risk by putting a 40W tip on a 50W iron?

All I have on hand is a 40W tip and a Weller WES51 (50W). I plan to work for about 8 hours. Can I do any major damage to the iron or the work?
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Schematic editor for digital designs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good Tools for Drawing Schematics I'm looking for a schematic editor/capture tool to use in the very initial steps of a digital design. This is, as a block diagram ...
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What to look for in desoldering/rework equipment?

I am considering purchasing a desolder/rework station for through-hole work. I'm a hobbyist and don't often repair boards, but do sometimes remove components from things for reuse. I recently ...
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What are double-flat and single-flat soldering iron tips good for?

I'm picking out a new soldering iron and I like butane ones(but not closed minded). One very good looking iron I saw from Weller is the P2KC. However, when looking at the available replacement tips ...
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Would there be any problem putting reverse-parallel diodes in parallel with the inputs of a microammeter?

Many multimeters, when used to measure microamps, don't have an overly-high burden voltage when passing less than a milliamp, but the they can drop over a volt (and even blow a fuse) if a device has a ...
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Do I also need a multimeter if I buy a digital oscilloscope?

This is probably a newbie question, but I am looking to buy some tools and start playing around with more embedded electronics and robotic stuff. The digital oscilloscopes such as the DSO nano ...
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Do IC's in DIP sockets require an extraction tool?

Am I correct in that the IC extraction is used to extract an IC from a DIP socket for swap/extraction in a safe manner? Or is it used for something else? I doubt I will need this behaviour, however ...
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12W Antex Iron taking 15+ seconds to melt my lead-free solder, do I need a new Iron?

I don't recall ever having the problem with the iron before, but it's been a few years since I used it, as I'm just getting back into some projects since my Electronics degree. I bought some solder ...
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Is There An Automatic Precision Screwdriver For Small Works?

I need automatic tool to work with small electronical things but don't know of any good one. I am looking for something like this but of better quality and switch but push forward/reverse button: ...
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How can I identify lead-free solder if it's unpackaged?

Is there a test to determine whether solder is leaded or lead-free? Perhaps conductivity/resistance?
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What do people use to hold an object in place while being worked on?

I would like to know what people usually do when trying to solder wires together, and hold small things in place while you fasten them together, etc. I can picture one or more vices attached to a ...
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How hot can a dremel 200 get?

How hot can a dremel get during normal operation and what happens if it stalls? I use a dremel 200 at home and when it's been running for longer periods of time (5 min continious) I notice that it ...
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Choosing a tool for development: System Generator vs Xilinx ISE

I am trying to make a an implementation of a vhdl design. It´s an application for signal processing. Does anyone know what is the fastest development tool Xilinx System Generator or Xilinx ISE. Thank ...
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What's the best (cheap) way of stripping enamel off of magnet wire?

What is the best way of stripping enamel off of magnet wire using things available in a common electronic setup? I mean, I have some wire cutters and I can use it to strip the enamel off of thicker ...
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Are there any special tools used to adjust trimmer potentiometers?

Is there any special tool used to adjust trimmer potentiometers? I have some similar to the one on the picture: I've tried using small slot, Phillips and Pozidriv screwdrivers, but they all don't ...
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What tools, equipment, and techniques do you use to solder fine-pitch SMT parts?

Possibly many questions have been asked on soldering smd parts, but I haven't found specific answers, Like: Do you use a watchmakers lens or some other type of magnifying glass while soldering these ...
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What are good materials and associated tools for a robotics hacker?

What is good stuff to quickly build small hobby robots? What sorts of tools do I need to work with those materials? Let's assume we already have the electronics parts listed at "What is a general set ...
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What is a general set of components for a robotics hacker?

I am playing around with a few projects and looking at a few more online. I've had to make some trips to the local electronics shop for a few basic necessities like LEDs, resistors etc. It got me ...
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What is the best Magnifier to use for general electronics duties

I am looking for a magnifier tool for an electronics workbench and was wondering what sort of product would be best. The device must be an all-rounder capable of doing some SMT as well as through ...
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Good filter design software for Mac OS X/Unix?

I need to implement a simple lowpass filter for a data acquisition circuit (using stretch conductive fabric as a resistive sensor). Various sources have recommended that the best way to go about this ...
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Opinions on an oscilloscope suitable for hobby electronics on a budget

I'm thinking about getting an oscilloscope as my next tool purchase but I don't really know what I should be looking for or what the options are. Ideally I'd prefer something that was stand alone, but ...
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Which soldering iron tip should I use?

This is a pretty open-ended question intentionally. :-) All of the soldering I've done to this point has been with through-hole components. I hope to move up to some smaller surface-mount parts at ...
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Personal electronics tool kit

What are the items you have in your personal electronics tool kit?