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The Electronics Workbench: a Setup Guide

Video Description

Setting up your own electronics lab at home can be a daunting. This course will help you through the maze of options.

About This Video

  • help you setup your own electronics lab- circuit experiments and the bulk of your learning

  • In Detail

    This course is designed to help you setup your own electronics lab. If you are starting your adventures in electronics, and you are not looking to setup a professional electronics lab, then this course is perfect for you. A lab is a place at your home that you have specifically organised in a way that promotes your enjoyment of working with electronics. It is where your tools, components and instruments are. It is where you do your circuit experiments and the bulk of your learning.There are significant differences between professional and hobbyist electronics labs. That's because the amateur electronics lab is far more restricted in every respect to the lab of a professional.If you are a hobbyist, using a spare room or your bedroom as your electronics lab, then this course will help you make the most of it. In this course, I will discuss the basic features of an amateur electronics lab by showing you how I have organised mine. I have most of the restrictions of an amateur, and with the exception of a few of the items in my kit, my lab is purely an amateur lab. In each lecture, I present a specific topic and in most cases I demonstrate the use of a tool or instrument. Through these demos, I wish to help you gain a working understanding of what these items are designed for. You will not become an expert, but you will know enough to know when you need one. I am always available to discuss any of the topics I present in this course, so please feel free to ask using the course's discussion tool.

    Table of Contents

    1. Chapter 1 : Introduction: The electronics maker lab
      1. Introduction 00:03:21
    2. Chapter 2 : Essentials
      1. Introduction 00:00:38
      2. Wires, screwdrivers, tweezers, breadboards 00:11:48
      3. Wire strippers, cutters, helping hands 00:12:31
      4. Storage 00:06:14
      5. Components 00:09:03
      6. Conclusion 00:01:06
    3. Chapter 3 : Power
      1. Introduction 00:00:41
      2. Battery packs, batteries, chargers 00:13:25
      3. Walled power supplies 00:04:24
      4. Bench power supply 00:09:41
      5. Conclusion 00:00:45
    4. Chapter 4 : Power tools
      1. Introduction 00:00:33
      2. The rotary tool 00:21:00
      3. Finish project box holes with a reamer 00:02:44
      4. The hot glue gun 00:07:23
      5. Conclusion 00:00:46
    5. Chapter 5 : Test equipment
      1. Introduction 00:01:03
      2. Multimeters 00:07:00
      3. Auto-ranging multimeters 00:11:57
      4. Multimeter demo: DC measurement 00:05:04
      5. Multimeter demo: AC measurement 00:08:06
      6. The oscilloscope 00:15:05
      7. Decoding I2C with the oscilloscope 00:10:19
      8. The function generator 00:05:52
      9. Function generator, a demo testing a simple filter 00:11:41
      10. Conclusion 00:00:57
    6. Chapter 6 : Soldering and wiring
      1. Introduction 00:00:31
      2. Soldering Tools 00:12:16
      3. Soldering through-hole components demo 00:08:31
      4. Desoldering through-hole components with a desoldering gun 00:06:20
      5. Soldering surface-mount components demo 00:10:04
      6. Desoldering SMD with hot air reworking tool 00:11:54
      7. Heatshrink tubing 00:09:14
      8. Crimping tools 00:07:06
      9. Conclusion 00:00:54
    7. Chapter 7 : Software
      1. Introduction 00:00:28
      2. Simulators 00:12:12
      3. Demo of iCircuit 00:06:15
      4. Calculators 00:06:32
      5. Smartphone apps 00:07:45
      6. Electronic design automation with Kicad 00:05:20
      7. Conclusion 00:00:42
    8. Chapter 8 : Other topics
      1. Introduction 00:00:41
      2. Safety 00:12:19
      3. How to read a datasheet 00:17:23
      4. Conclusion 00:01:06
    9. Chapter 9 : Conclusion
      1. Course Conclusion 00:01:21