Whoops, forgot to post this one yesterday! We’re continuing on our series of publishing manufacturing notes, all the stuff we’ve learned in our short time of running a company, manufacturing in-house electronics and basically having a good time.
This mini-tutorial will be about storage! This is a common request – how to store all that good stuff – PCBs, kits, parts, etc. Now, everybody’s needs are different, so just because we use something doesn’t mean you should do the same. Research, look around, experiment! We are in New York City and have a very constrained space with high rent. That means we need to prioritize on saving space, and accessibility, even if its more expensive. If you’re in a big space, having stuff strewn about may work out just fine for you.
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Awesome stuff. I would love to see a before-and-after picture of the last few years at adafruit to see how’s it’s changed!
Also – there are two types of Akro bins. There are the type that stack on top of each other, and the type that nest inside one another. Shipping is always an issue with the stacking type bins, because they take up much more room when shipping- but they are well worth it over the nesting-type bins.
Very nice! Two tricks I like for labeling: the P-touch TZ tapes and printers from Brother, and recycling the labels Digikey usually staples to your bags. The PT-2430 PC is da bomb, dunno if it has Mac support. Use chain printing to avoid wasting tape. The P-touch labels laminate the printing inside the plastic, and are quite durable.