Desoldering tweezers from two USB soldering irons

Desoldering tweezers

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https://hackaday.io/project/18706-cheap-smd-soldering-tweezers-from-ebay

Description

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

1x https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QTE09SY/
2x https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JZW7FK6/
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).

Documents

Mini zm1210 operating edit2Zapro printed this ago
Carousel thumb 2017 02 03 19.51.19
Printed on:
Ultimaker - Ultimaker Original
Result:
Perfect! - I printed it with 0.15mm layer height and 75% fill.
Mini zm1210 operating edit2Zapro added this to the To do collection ago
B750e259b78e757adeb53e0da9b59ea1?default=blank&size=40BuchnerB added this to the Tools and Holders collection ago
E652303bd8dcbb024ae266d80e668439?default=blank&size=40Dave Z published this design ago