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Desoldering tweezers from two USB soldering irons
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Recently, I was thinking about combining two inexpensive soldering irons to make a set of desoldering tweezers (handy for removing SMD parts with two leads like resistors, capacitors, LEDs, etc.). Then I came across this article on Hackaday: http://hackaday.com/2016/12/07/turn-cheap-usb-soldering-irons-in-to-tweezers/
How cool - I didn't even know there was such a thing as USB soldering irons! At $9 apiece from Amazon, plus another $11 for a dual-outlet USB charger, this is a steal (considering how pricey "real" desoldering tweezers are). (Product links below.)
In that project, they mention wanting a part that is printable on FFF machines without support. So I designed one. Doesn't require modifying the irons in any way, and as a bonus, serves as a stand (since the tips won't touch the table).
Materials and methods
4x narrow zip ties
1x 3d printed part (STL file is attached, I printed in PLA at 25% infill and 0.8mm wall thickness)
The 3d printed part has pegs that line up with holes on the iron. Put them together, zip tie (line up zip ties with the notches on the 3d printed part), trim the ends of the ties, and you're ready to go.
If you're feeling extra fancy, go ahead and zip tie the USB cables together in a couple of places (+$0.40).