I-Extruder: All-in-One Soldering
In a bid to speed up efficiency and increase the economy of personal or professional PCB projects, the I-Extruder uses a stepper motor to precisely and quickly deliver solder, solder paste, grease, and adhesive. This removes the need for loud air-pump-based irons or expensive stencils.
This silent, airless device provides the user with 10 pre-loaded configurations and several parameters that can be adjusted:
- Dispensing time
- Dispensing mode
- Pull back amount
- Screen brightness
The Kickstarter campaign boasts the device’s low energy needs of 1.6kWh/year (estimated at 2 hours of use per day over 366 days), and can be connected to any 5 V USB source for power with a minimum current rating of 0.5 A. This means the device can be plugged into your computer, laptop, or USB power bank.
The I-Extruder is precise enough to quickly solder SMT components up to 15x faster than traditional methods, making it a valuable tool.
Check out the I-Extruder Kickstarter page here.
Root: An Educational Tool to Teach Children to Code
Using an intuitive GUI, children can learn to code using command blocks to create programs and then observe the behaviour in a physical robotic device in real-time. The device is equipped with various sensors that can sense touch, detect magnets, detect light, play music, identify colours, draw, erase, and react to phone and tablet sensors.
With its comprehensive set of sensors and functions, Root can also serve as an excellent tool for makers and hackers of any age.
Consider inspiring an engineer in your life and check out the Kickstarter campaign.
UP Squared: Intel Apollo Lake Maker Board
The UP Squared maker board, “the most powerful maker board out there”, features a wide range of features with high performance and low power consumption. What you will find on the UP Squared:
- 40-pin GP-bus
- Altera FPGA MAX 10 chip
- Intel Celeron Dual Core N3350 2.4GHz processor
- Intel Pentium Quad Core N4200 2.5Ghz processor or the Intel Atom x5-E3940 1.8 Ghz processor
- 8GB of LPDDR4 Dual Channel 64-bit RAM
- 128 GB eMMC 5.0
- A vast array of ports including: 3x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2 Gigabit LAN, 2x HDMI, eDP, and PCI-e/mini card SATA
The UP Squared is compatible with Windows 10, Windows IoT Core, Linux, and Android. UP also has an active maker community and a large library of accessories and peripherals.
With extremely competitive benchmarking, this versatile and compact maker board can provide an endless range of opportunities.
The Kickstarter campaign urges you to “hurry UP” and check out their project.
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