No longer for technicians and engineers, today’s electronics is open to anyone eager for experimental learning. Everyone, including those with no basic knowledge, can find introductory materials or simply plow through online tutorials that cover components, tools and how-tos for a wide variety of projects. Hobbyists and professionals looking for fresh ideas also benefit from this flourishing DIY environment, where ingenuity gets free rein. Schools are pitching in through STEM education, starting with rudimentary activities as early as the kindergarten level and advancing from simple to complex projects all the way to high school.
So, what’s the best way to equip this growing techie community with the right tools and components? Global Sources FutureFinders shows how in this episode.
Solutions in a piece, set or kit
Whether you are a bricks-and-mortar store or an online shop, narrowing down the search for components and tools sold individually, in sets or kits is easy on GlobalSources.com.
Start from scratch and find interconnects, LEDs and optoelectronics, batteries and power supplies, electromechanicals, discretes and passives, and PCBs. Or, you can also check out special services, which range from board design, layout and printing to actual subassemblies or modules.
For the tools, browse through multimeters, soldering tools, accessories and kits, wire strippers and glue guns, screwdriver sets, tweezers for tiny components, and, for more sophisticated tinkerers, 3D printers.
Look for top picks in the Analyst’s Choice page for the latest releases.
From here, you can make an inquiry to get more product details and quotations.
To jump-start your sourcing, you may pick from this FutureFinders selection:
• TFT-LCD module
• 800×1280 pixels, 350cd/sqm
Company: Ku Ping Enterprise Co. Ltd
• Solder wick
• RMA pure copper wire
• Compatible with any-wattage soldering iron
Company: Megatone Electronics Corp.
• Soldering iron
• 480 C soldering temperature
• 4.5V, 1.5A to 9V to 200mA
• USB & battery cables bundled
• Digital multimeter
• 49x16mm LCD, can display 1999
• One 9V 6F22 battery
• 125x70x29mm, about 108g
• Multilayer PCB
• 12 layers, FR-4 base material
• 5.9mil minimum line width/spacing
• 22x28in maximum panel
Company: Kuongshun Electronic Ltd
• 830 points
• 20 to 29 AWG wires, 0.8mm-diameter jumper wires
• ABS, 165x53x8.5mm