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As I bootstrap my "lab" - which is constrained in many ways (as in being set up on a large foldable table in the dining room, which must be able to be struck and set up relatively quickly), some of the issues I'm hitting are undoubtedly solved many times over. Thought I'd ask you smart lot. 😉

   - resistors, capacitors, other components that have low static sensitivity and a plethora of variation in value and other parameters... what's the best approach to storing them such that they can be found relatively easily by value and variant, without having walls of drawers for each? Ideas welcome 😉

   - ICs - esp. large ones, and PCBs too large, or too "pinny," or too sensitive to static to just rattle about in a plastic bin... I've got some that seem to have been shipped on some manner of ESD foam pad, others not  - I've gone looking to see if I can buy sheets of the stuff, but I obviously don't know the right words to search on.

... any other lab tips, particularly oriented around "strike and set up frequently." I'm intentionally buying or building small gear - but any idea is potentially a life saver. 😉

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As I bootstrap my "lab" - which is constrained in many ways (as in being set up on a large foldable table in the dining room, which must be able to be struck and set up relatively quickly), some of the issues I'm hitting are undoubtedly solved many times over. Thought I'd ask you smart lot. 😉

   - resistors, capacitors, other components that have low static sensitivity and a plethora of variation in value and other parameters... what's the best approach to storing them such that they can be found relatively easily by value and variant, without having walls of drawers for each? Ideas welcome 😉

   - ICs - esp. large ones, and PCBs too large, or too "pinny," or too sensitive to static to just rattle about in a plastic bin... I've got some that seem to have been shipped on some manner of ESD foam pad, others not  - I've gone looking to see if I can buy sheets of the stuff, but I obviously don't know the right words to search on.

... any other lab tips, particularly oriented around "strike and set up frequently." I'm intentionally buying or building small gear - but any idea is potentially a life saver. 😉

Thanks,
Biny

I just googled foam sheet and the first hit is amazon, see link below. Amazon has an almost unlimited number of plastic bins. I started with Home Depot storage boxes, about 12x8x2 1/2 with 10 compartments but some dividers come out for bigger pieces. The advantage of them is they lock together so I have a stack of 3. I also am using a couple fishing lure box types, they are also about 12x8x2 with lot's of compartments. Try HDX brand on amazon, link below. I am in Canada so amazon is .ca, just change to .com if you are in US.

https://www.amazon.ca/Worldwide-AX822-Foam-Sheet-Assortment/dp/B00LNHJYO2/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Foam+Sheet&qid=1643757881&sr=8-5

https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=hdx+storage+box&crid=18TI4NJHISR7Q&sprefix=HDX+storage%2Caps%2C143&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_5_11

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@ronalex4203 Nod. No issue on finding foam sheets - that's my first hit too, but is it ESD? I assumed ICs needed "special" foam - but... no?

Yeh, all manner of bins and stuff. I guess I'm hoping for an organization system / scheme that minimizes the number of them.

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@binaryrhyme I don't know what ESD foam is. It sounds like you are worried about static. So far I have yet to encounter static in my home but if that is possible then maybe there is some sort of 'special' foam.

Arduino says and I agree, in general, the const keyword is preferred for defining constants and should be used instead of #define
"Never wrestle with a pig....the pig loves it and you end up covered in mud..." anon
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@ronalex4203 Well, on the subject of foam, I turn these up after you replied - I'll see if I can find them in white, lol.

Raw Materials Foam - 200x200mm Anti Static Pin Insertion High Density Foam 3/5/10mm (5mm) - 1x V Groove Router Bit : Amazon.ca: Tools & Home Improvement

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