Workspace for Open-Source Engineering

Source: Christopher Coballes

Christopher Coballes is a Philippines-based freelance R&D engineer and Linux enthusiast with more than a decade of experience in an embedded hardware/software and a passion for an open source design. The nearby photo shows his home workspace, which includes handy … Continue reading

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3′ × 5 Vertical Electronics Workspace

WihrVerticalWorkspace

There’s a great deal of innovative electronics engineering and embedded systems development taking place in Europe. The Circuit Cellar team reviews dozens of inventive projects and insightful articles from European engineers each year. And based on the quality of that … Continue reading

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The 100% Creative Workspace

Hiew's workspace features component storage, a soldering station, power supply, and more

Bernard Hiew sure knows how to get the most of his Penang, Malaysia-based “humble” electrical engineering workspace. He turned the third room of his apartment into a complete innovation space that’s used for everything from engineering to 3-D printing to playing music … Continue reading

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Electronics “Mancave”: Small-Footprint Workspace

Source: Jan Cumps

When it comes to a workspace, more doesn’t necessarily mean better. We encourage engineers and DIYers to focus their time and money on engineering, not on acquiring new and used equipment they’ll never use. Belgium-based Jan Cumps has a very … Continue reading

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One Professor and Two Orderly Labs

Real work is shown here at the digital analog computer—bring-up and debugging of the master controller board. Each of the six microcontrollers is connected to a general-purpose human-interface module.

Professor Wolfgang Matthes has taught microcontroller design, computer architecture, and electronics (both digital and analog) at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany, since 1992. He has developed peripheral subsystems for mainframe computers and conducted research related to special-purpose … Continue reading

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Workspace for Precision Design

One of my Altera CPLD breakout boards is on the bench there. I was experimenting with some video generators in VHDL when I took this picture.

Brad Boegler is a do-it-yourselfer’s DIYer. His West Bloomfield, MI-based workspace is something to admire. It features a sturdy 8’ × 5’ workbench, a well-built machining bench, and dozens of handy tools that enable him to work on projects ranging … Continue reading

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Cabinet-Based DIY Electronics Workspace

(Source: Patrik Thalin)

Micrcontrollers and electrical engineering probably don’t come to mind when you flip through an IKEA product catalog. But when you think about it, IKEA has plenty of easy-to-assemble tables, cabinets, and storage containers that could be handy for outfitting a … Continue reading

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System Engineer’s Space for Designing & Testing

(Source: John Roselle)

Many complicated motion control and power electronics systems comprise thousands of parts and dozens of embedded systems. Thus, it makes sense that a systems engineer like New Jersey-based John Roselle would have more than one workspace for simultaneously planning, designing, … Continue reading

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Professor’s Convertible Electronics Workspace

Coulston can reconfigure his desk into the embedded workstation pictured here.

In addition to serving as a contributor and technical reviewer for Circuit Cellar, Chris Coulston heads the Computer Science and Software Engineering department at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He has a broad range of technical interests, including embedded systems, … Continue reading

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Engineer’s Transformable Workspace

When the front is open, Mike can tackle hardware projects (Source: Mike Sydor)

No two workspaces or circuit cellars are alike. And that’s what makes studying these submissions so fascinating. Each space reflects the worker’s interests, needs, and personality. Succasunna, NJ-based Mike Sydor’s penchant for “hacking” isn’t relegated solely to electronics. His entire … Continue reading

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Birmingham-Based Electronics Design Nook

Steve Karg's circut cellar in Birmingham, AL

Steve Karg of Birmingham, AL, recently submitted info about his well-planned, cost-conscious design nook where he builds lighting control products, develops software, tests and debugs his projects, and more. The workspace is compact yet intelligently stocked with essentials such as … Continue reading

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Navy Engineer’s Innovation Space

Bill is self-proclaimed "hardware guy"

When electrical engineer Bill Porter isn’t working on unmanned systems projects for the Navy, he spends a great deal of engineering time at his workspace in Panama City Beach, FL. Bill submitted the interesting images that follow (along with several … Continue reading

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A Rat’s Nest-Less Workspace: Clean with Plenty of Screens

Jorge Amodio's workspace (Source: J. Amodio)

Two sorts of things we love to see in an electronics workspace: cleanliness and multiple monitors! San Antonio, TX-based Jorge Amodio’s L-shaped modular desk is great setup that gives him easy access to his projects, test equipment, and computers. The … Continue reading

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Dutch Designer’s “Comfort Zone”

workspace Stegeman

Check out this amusing workspace submission from Henk Stegeman who lives and works in The Netherlands (which is widely referred to as the land of Elektor). We especially like his Dutch-orange power strips, which stand out in relation to the … Continue reading

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Robotics, Hardware Interfacing, and Vintage Electronics

The testing bench

Gerry O’Brien, a Toronto-based robotics and electronics technician at R.O.V. Robotics, enjoys working on a variety of projects in his home lab. His projects are largely driven by his passion for electronics hardware interfacing. Gerry’s background includes working at companies … Continue reading

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