We badly needed to tidy up our solder station area in the lab, so I designed this solder station organizer to accommodate all our soldering-related items into one compact storage unit.
The design is somewhat modular; you can choose whether or not to use the drawer, rear arm, right arm, or solder spool axle extensions.
We use the base of this organizer to store:
-Various tweezers (8 pairs)
-small Phillips head and slotted screw drivers
-soldering iron tips (in the drawer)
-small round and flat files
-30AWG wire stripper
-small powered screwdriver (flux pen may alternately fit in this hole)
We use the rear arm to store a small pair of pliers and a small pair of side cutters. We use the right arm to store 4 spools of desolder braid. And, we use the solder spool axle extension (one or two can be used) to store a couple of small spools of 30AWG wire.
The solder spool area can accommodate up to one 63mm wide spool of solder (using the middle guide hole) or two smaller spools of solder totaling 63mm wide or less (using the two outer guide holes).
And finally, there are two versions of the base; one has a rear brim/shelf to help prevent warping of the rear wall when printing (the rear brim/shelf can be removed after printing, if desired). The other version does not have this rear brim/shelf if you have your process dialed in and are capable of minimizing warping in your prints.
Update 10/9/2018 - Added 15mm extended height rear arm to accommodate larger hand tools as needed. This file is not part of the "complete" ZIP file sets, so you will need to download this in addition to the complete ZIP file of your choice (if you need it).
We used MakerGear PLA with bed temp of 70C and extruder temp of 220C.
Base: 25% or more infill (we used 25%). Supports only needed in the drawer cavity. The rear of the base has a tendency to warp a bit due to the size of the print. This is largely cosmetic, but can interfere with the drawer operation if too severe. This can be mitigated by following some or all of the following steps:
-Have the drawer cavity support structures make contact with the back wall of the drawer cavity.
-increase bed temperature (we used 70C, but had some minor warpage - I recommend going 80C or 90C).
-Reduce extruder temperature (we used 220C. Going lower may help, but be cautious as going too low can result in extruder issues).
-Print the base version with the rear shelf/brim. This feature was added to help reduce warping of the rear wall and can be removed after printing or left in place to provide a lower support shelf for items hung from the rear hook.
-Print with lower infill percentage.
-Print using an enclosure.
Rear Arm & Right Arm: 100% infill, supports needed underneath arm area when printed as shown in model file.
Drawer: 25% infill, no supports needed
Solder Spool Axle: 100% infill, supports needed on bottom ledge when printed as shown in model file.
Axle Extender: 100% infill, no supports needed when printed as shown in model file.