This is a list of the basic tools and components that provide the foundation for our electronics prototyping lab. See also our list of basic electronic parts for information about the resistors, LEDs, capacitors, etc. that we use. For other opinions, see the FabLab inventory.
This first section is general supplies for outfitting a lab.
5 x Diagonal Cutters [SF, DK]: for cutting wire
5 x Needle Nose Pliers [SF, DK]: always useful
5 x Tweezers [SF, DK]: good for SMD soldering
3 x Wire Strippers [SF, DK]: with holes for multiple gauges
1 x Vise [DK, SF]: for holding circuit boards while soldering them
1 x Solder Sucker [SF]
2 x Helping (Third) Hand: [SF]
1 x Calipers
3 x Knives
Component Drawers (Plastic Small-Parts Drawer Cabinets) from McMaster-Carr, e.g. two or three of the 39-drawer cabinets.
Storage Bins from McMaster-Carr, e.g. Easy-to-Assemble Cardboard Bin Boxes or Stackable Plastic Bin Boxes.
This second section lists the per-student kit for an traditional Arduino class or workshop (as opposed to an e-textile workshop).
5 x pushbutton
1 x potentiometer
2 x light sensor (LDR)
1 x tilt sensor
5 x 10K resistor (through-hole, 1/4W or 1/8W)
5-10 x LEDs of various colors (5 mm)
5-10 x 330 ohm resistors (one per LED)
1 x RGB LED
1 x servo motor
This third section lists additional supplies that are good to have on hand for an Arduino class or workshop. These quantities assume about 10 students; scale accordingly.
Alternative Arduino Boards
1 x Arduino Micro (smaller and fits in a breadboard)
1 x Arduino Leonardo: (slightly cheaper and can emulate a mouse or keyboard)
1 x Arduino Due: (more powerful, 32-bit processor, faster, and more pins and memory)
3 x Micro-USB Cable [SF, DK]
AVR In-System Programmer
AVRISP mkII [DK]: for programming AVRs
Red, Black, and Green, 22 AWG, solid core
Light Sensor (photocell) [ SF, AF ]: resistance varies based on the light on the sensor
ADXL322 Two-Axis Accelerometer (+/-2g) [SF]: see the Arduino tutorial
Ultrasonic Range Finder (Maxbotics LV-EZ1): accurately detect the distance of objects
PIR Sensor: [ SF, AF ]: for detecting that someone is moving in a room
(for programming Arduino LilyPad, Fio and Pro Mini):
FTDI Cable (5V) [ AF, SF ]: all-in-one cable
FTDI Basic Breakout (5V) [SF]: breakout board (requires Mini-USB cable)
FTDI Basic Breakout (3.3V) [SF]: breakout board (requires Mini-USB cable)