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    Give Us Your Ideas on DIY Test Instrumentation Projects in the Comments Below!



    The theme this month is DIY Test Instrumentation .   If you're getting started, it's a fun way to explore design & electronics projects while making something useful. You'll find examples on this page to encourage you to get your hands dirty with microprocessors, development boards, soldering, and tinkering.  DIY test equipment projects will further your understanding of how electronics work. If you are a design & electronics enthusiast, this is an opportunity to make homemade tools & instruments that fits your needs, at a fraction of the price of more expensive equipment.


    Examples of DIY test equipment include oscilloscopes, function generators, audio impedance meters, capacitance meters, AC/DC LED Indicators, 554 Timer IC Tester, digital frequency counters, digital pressure guage, MOSFET tester, wire tracers, tachnometers, mains power line sniffer, and digital voltmeters.


    If you're an electronics & design enthusiast, you probably spend as much time fussing over your hand tools as your hand instruments.


    Here are some examples of projects that you can do:



    A Simple DC Electronic load for the experimenter's Shop.  by jw0752





    tinyMonster - Analog Precision opto-isolator by mahmood.hassan




    Frequency Counter (Square, Sine or Tri angular) by mahmood.hassan





    "No Lies" IR Thermometer by koudelad





    µBOSS .... Test Instrumentation ... micro:bit by dougw





    Tiny DVM by dubbie



    Simple resistance measurement with the micro bit and voltage divider by kk99





    SCPI on a Linux Board - Part 4b: TCP/IP SCPI and Instrument Service 100% Working by jancumps



    Working Prototype of a Kelvin (4-Wire) Milliohm Meter by fmilburn




    A Transistor Load by jc2048




    Project PITS by three-phase


    Your Chance to Win


    Be Original
    Stick to the Theme
    • You could come up with a clever name that make's your project memorable!
      • This project is your baby! Part of the fun of bringing something new into the world is coming up with a name.
    • Your project could introduce something new or that is not commercially available or affordable!
    • If you have an idea for a project that doesn't fit the current theme then submit your idea in the comments section of the monthly poll.
    List the Steps
    Submit Video Proof
    • Provide the steps you took to complete your project (text, video, or images).
      • This could be a step by step how-to-guide, vlog, schematics, coding, napkin drawings, voice narration, or whatever you think will be useful!
    • If it doesn't work that's fine, this is more about the journey than the end product.
    • A short video is all that is required but you can shoot as much video as you like.
    • You are encouraged to be creative and have as much fun as possible!


    One Grand Prize Winner Wins a $200 Shopping Cart! Three First Place Winners Win a $100 Shopping Cart!
    • One Grand Prize Winner Wins a $200 Shopping Cart!
    • 3 First Place Winners a $100 Shopping Cart!



    Your Project Examples



    The Theme You Voted For: Test Instrumentation
    Arduino oscilloscope - DIY entry device Project14's DIY Test Equipment: DIY Constant Current Load



    Test Instrumentation
    DIY Test Equipment: Mini Air Jet Cyclops-1000: An Electronic Eye for Rotational Speed Measurement



    Test Instrumentation
    Vintage 555 - A general-purpose button debouncer DIY Test Equipment: Ears and Tears 2020 (A Logic Probe)



    Your Project, Your Ideas!



    About Project14

    Every month you'll have a new poll where you'll get to decide an upcoming project competition, based on your interests, that will take place a couple of months in advance. Themes are broad in scope so that everyone can participate regardless of skill set.


    What are Monthly Themes?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) a new theme will be posted on Project14.
    • Submit your ideas (proposals) for your projects to get feedback from the rest of the community.
    • Submit a project entry in the Theme space once you start working on it.


    What are Monthly Theme Polls?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) there is a project theme poll.
    • Vote on which project competition you want to see for the following upcoming theme.
      • The themes voted on during the previous poll decided the upcoming theme.
      • If you submit an idea for a theme that is not used then it can still be used in a future poll.
    • Themes comments and ideas from the comments section of the project theme poll.

    Step 1: Log in or register on element14, it's easy and free.

    Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.

    Step 3: Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month.  You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.


    Be sure to include video proof of your project!


    Visit:  DIY Test Instrumentation




    You have until any time on August 16th to submit your completed project!


    A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!

    Give Us Your Ideas on DIY Test Instrumentation Projects in the Comments Below!