A collection of ideas/projects and my personal take on it
I made a quick measurement to see how linear the iron's temperature sensor is. Since I don't have a thermocouple I used a Pt1000 strapped to the heating element like this:
So I had one DMM measure the Pt1000's resistance and another one measure the resistance of the iron's sensor. Afterwards I calculated the temperature from the Pt1000's values and came up with this graph:Read more »
just some notes, can probably be moved to components section once finalized
I might be falling into a pattern...
For now I just want to collect all the sources in one place. The list is somewhat sorted but hopefully I'll go over this list again and summarize all/most of them and maybe do some more sorting.
A quick heads up: There are a lot of duplicate links but I wanted to document for myself how/where I found the projects.
Modded mains soldering iron:
While I focused on soldering stations here, you might also want to check out the official soldering-tools list if you haven't already.
Edit 2016-03-28: Added #Soldering pen
Edit 2016-03-28 #2: Added http://www.eosystems.ro/index.php/projects/esol
Edit 2016-05-07: Added #Yet another DIY soldering station