Hardware Laboratory – Part 4: Mechanical Tools – Scalpels, Cutters, Pliers, Probes, Saw Frame and Blades, Triceps Pick-Up Tool, Inspection Mirror, Tweezers Twin Cal Caliper and Quick Guide to Measurement.
The Hardware Laboratory needs to include a variety of mechanical tools, allowing the young hobbyist or experienced professional to create their own prototypes with easy.
Today’s topic is pointed to give the young hobbyists some hints and tips in their searchings.
The variety of useful instruments is important, you always need to have near at hand tools like cutters, knives, antimagnetic tweezers, pliers, screwdrivers – many kinds and sizes.
As you wonder, various medical instruments are very suitable for use in producing the different prototypes. You can use many types of Scalpels, Tweezers, Cutters, Dental Probes, etc.
Let see some types of tools whose will help you to create your models.
The Scalpels :
PIC. 1 The Scalpels: Different Types and sizes
Pay Attention when Using such kind of tool.
The Scalpels have scary and sharp blades.
Very useful to cut PCB trace, when it is necessary, or for cleaning the PTFE insulated wire.
The Cutters :
PIC. 3 KNIPEX 78 03 125 Electronics Super Knips Comfort Grip
PIC. 4 Cutters in Action – The Right Cutters positioning
There are many variants of cutters depends on their usage and features:
- Oval head cutters,
- High-performance tip cutter,
- Tapered head cutters,
- Hard wire cutters – Fine,
- Hard Wire cutters – Class T.
PIC. 5 High-Performance Tip Cutter is Ideal For Precise Work in a close space
If you need an additional information about different type of cutters and their typical usage, you can read right: Click here
PIC. 6 Knipex 2502160 6-1/4-Inch_Chain_Nose_Pliers_with_Cutter. Comfort Grip
PIC. 7 Sparkle Chain Nose Pliers
There are some pliers families:
- “Japanese Style“,
- “Mini and Pocket“,
- “Slim Pliers“,
PIC. 8 Pliers Sorted alphabetically By Family
Dental Explorer Probe “No. 6”
As we mentioned in the text above, the medical instruments, especially dental ones are very useful in the hardware specialists and hobbyist’s daily modeling activities.
This “Dental Probe” Probe No. 6 has one sharp pointed end and can be used successfully to clean some PCB holes by extra solder, when is necessary and cut the short connection between the two or more IC-leads in the process of soldering.
PIC. 9 Dental Probe – Full-Size View
PIC. 10 Magnified View of Sharp Pointed End
Saw Frame and Blades:
This interesting tool allows you to create the line of art curved cutting and large holes into thin Metal – for example: to insert a panel meter on the front panel of your device.
Also, can be used to cut into Hard Wood, Glass Fiber&Copper-PCB or Plastics.
PIC. 11 Saw Frame in Action
PIC. 12 Saw Frame – General View
Triceps Pick-Up Tool:
Chrome covered Triceps Pick-Up tool for handy picking up small parts. Supported size is up to approx. 3/8 inches or 9.5 mm in diameter.
Total length is 4.5 inches or 114 mm.
PIC. 13 Triceps Pick-Upping Tool
PIC. 14 Triceps Pick-Up Tool in Action: Holding a screw
PIC. 15 Inspection Mirror
This Telescopically Inspection Mirror has a flexible “Knee” for precisely angle adjusting, which enables quick and accurate inspection in hidden areas.
Mirror material: Clear Glass
Mirror diameter: 1.26 inches or 32mm
For using in Close and narrow space usage, you can use the dental magnifying mirror.
PIC. 16 Dental Magnifying Mirror
PIC. 17 Standard – INOX: non-rusting tweezers.
PIC. 19 Brown & Sharpe 00590092 Twin Cal Caliper
PIC. 20 Digital Measuring Tool with 10-micron resolution
Don’t Stop to Reinvent Yourself, Dear Explorers!