Gadget Freak Case #135: Magnify Your Workbench

DN Staff

February 16, 2009

4 Min Read
Gadget Freak Case #135: Magnify Your Workbench

William Grill needed a better view of his worktable for prototyping. He was using a three-times lighted lens mounted on his workbench, but it wasna euro (TM)t enough for working on small gadgets. So he created a gadget for gadget prototyping a euro " a monitor that can display his work at 12-times scale on his PC. The gadget begins with an inexpensive color security camera and lens. a euro oeIta euro (TM)s amazing what detail you can see when you view your solder surface mounted parts at 7-, 10- or even 15-times,a euro ? he says.

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Gadget Freak Case 135 Magnify Your Workbench

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Part Description

Allied Part #

2

Green LED

782-0045

5

White LED

505-0011

1

1.5K 1/16W x 1/8 WCarbon Resistors

296-6216

1

1K Pot (Single Turn Pot)

753-2260

1

1N4148

263-1538

1

2N3906 PNP Transistor

588-8252

1

10 1/4W metal Film resistors

296-6300

`0.1sq Perf board/as needed

977-0088

CopperClad pads 1 or both sides

3

Misc. external lenses (round 1 to 2" lenses with focal lengths 3-6 inch focal points) Many combinations are workable

1

PC67XC-2 Color camera /w 2-12 mm C mount lens

1

Vivitar 50X/100X telescope hardware, described in text

30 gauge wire, 22 -26 gauge stranded wire as needed

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