Drill Stand Soldering Iron holder for heat-set insert tool

An improved holder for commonly-available soldering irons for use in an inexpensive drill stand

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I created an inexpensive heat-set insert press with a commonly available soldering iron, heat-set insert tips, and a cheap drill stand (to make a cheapo drill press substitute).

I improved upon Thingiverse user papa50's design, which only squeezed the iron in the drill clamp, by adding a rear closure which prevents the iron from backing out of the clamp while under pressure.

I recreated papa50's design in Fusion 360, then added M3 x 8mm heat-set inserts to the base part, so I can screw down the rear closure (I used M3x16mm screws with integrated washers and lock washers from a hardware kit).

Materials and methods

I printed the base and the closure with PETG, 20% infill, support on the base (for the edge that overlaps the drill stand clamp at the top). If you go much higher than 30% infill, the clamp will have a hard time flexing to grasp the iron.

How do you put the heat-set inserts in the base before you've printed the heat-set insert tool base? One of two ways:

1. You can carefully do these inserts while hand-holding the insert tool

2. You can print two of the Base parts, use one to clamp the tool without the rear closure, use it to place inserts in the other, then switch out the Base part in the stand, and add the closure and screws. This is something like what I did - but instead, I was moving from papa50's design to mine.

The soldering iron I used was: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C9QLFF6

I use my regular soldering iron controller box for the iron. There are standalone irons that have a temperature control on the handle. Some of these may fit - though be aware that you will need to get the plug through the hole, or the cord through the split in the mount.

The drill stand I used was: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PVJ97JX

It's not great as a "drill press" (a real one for the benchtop can be had for about $20-30 more), but it is really good for heat-set inserts.



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