When Bill Doran from Punished Props started using more electronics in his costume and prop projects, he found himself soldering more. To make it easier to keep his supplies together, he built himself a soldering workstation equipped with a drawer to hold tubing, tools, and flux. He also added lighting features and fans to pull fumes away from his face. Doran designed it to be portable too, so he can easily pick up the workstation and move the entire piece around his shop. He goes over the pieces and how he assembled them in the above video; it’s very helpful for those of you trying to get extra organized as 2018 begins.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.