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  1. Sparky_zap

    Sparky_zap

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    This is just a short into about me and a few questions... I'm a 16 yo engineering student, hoping for a career in energy/electronics. As such I'm getting into doing small projects just for fun.
    Does anyone have any suggestions for projects or tips for getting resources as I tend to scavenge parts from broken or old stuff.. I find it fun. Many thanks
     
  2. Nanren888

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    Welcome aboard.
    Wide range of accessible options nowadays.
    Give an idea of the style, your interests?
    Are you into analog, audio, digital, programming, ARM, arduino, Raspberry PI, phase control, robotics, AI on a PC?
    There are also quite a few sites offering projects & project ideas. maybe Google for ideas.
    Also some very good sites and online books on electronics basics.
    Some online magazines are full of project examples, or some retailers offer project ideas & directions aimed at selling product.
     
  3. Sparky_zap

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    Thanks for the tips.. I'll take a look, and to be honest I'm a complete noob and wouldn't know where to start and so I can't say what I'd be into. I do like the idea of lasers and magnets/electromagnets.. Some insane stuff can be done with those
     
  4. dave9

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    Much can be cannibalized from old equipment being thrown away or found at yard sales for practically nothing, including repair candidates, but another way to get a lot of cheap, and sometimes marginal quality parts, is the electronics surplus sites. If you're in the US that could be some like BGMicro, Electronic Goldmine, MPJA, to name a few, though today if you have a month to wait, there are a lot of cheap, also marginal quality parts, coming direct from China and found on ebay or aliexpress.

    IMO, LED projects are a better place to start than lasers, unless you are pretty disciplined as you can cause eye damage in an instant.
     
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  5. Harald Kapp

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    I second that.
    Before starting to work on the more dangerous stuff, get some practice with more harmless projects.
     
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  6. Frankchie

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    I would start with a electronic project kit like the one below. One reason I like this kit is that it includes a basic voltmeter and ammeter, instruments that are necessary to understand circuits. Many kits don't have such instruments. If you are a total newbie to electronics this kit looks pretty good to me. I didn't spend much time looking at kits so there may be better ones around.

    https://www.amazon.com/EUDAX-Electr...electronic+training+kit&qid=1610379926&sr=8-7
     
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  7. Harald Kapp

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    Or this STEM box. Plus an inexpensive multimeter for starters. You can upgrade later once you see the need for it.
     
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  9. Nanren888

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    Would second both of these. Great learning tools.
    Comparing kits that allow multiple circuits to be built reliably, I have never seen one that rivals the Philips ones available for a time, well, yes more than 40 years ago. But a wide variety are available with updated components and various attachment/connection technologies.
    The snap-circuits (~brainbox) kits were a lot of fun 40+ years later. Simple, easy, informative.
     
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