Originally Posted by hanzy
Really awesome build.
I have a very similar Weller station, I think mine may be a newer version.
I love it. I use it all the time at work to repair vehicle wiring harness etc...
It is constantly getting borrowed out of my tool box though.
The paint on the radiators came out great.
Do you have your booth set up with a fan and filter etc...?
What do you think the best flow sensor would be for the AQ6? Or is the noisy one you have the one to get?
What other sensor are good to get with the AQ6 for control?
Will your LED strips be able to interface with the AQ6?
Last question regarding the AQ6--can it also interface with regular PWM drive pumps?
That Weller has served me well over the years.
Thanks, I think the paint turned out well (even if my photography skills aren't perfected yet).
Yes, I have a homemade booth that I made out of an old trade show display that my company was throwing away. I added a gable fan (attic fan) to vent the fumes out, and 2 air conditioner/heater filters.
I have the "High Flow" sensor. It makes a tiny bit of noise, but it is an absolute encoder, meaning that you don't need to calibrate it. They make an MPS400 sensor which if you are using standard 6/8/10mm tubing, you can just use their profile in the AQ6, but if not, you will need to know what the flow of your loop is to calibrate the MPS400.
I'm going to also use 2 of the Aquacomputer D5 USB pumps. They will be able to be controlled with the AQ6 and the software. I will also be using a water temperature sensor (I have Phobia and Aquacomputer ones and they both work) so I will know that the water temp in my loop will be. The AQ6 also comes with several air temperature sensors, so I will most likely use a couple of them too.
I have a USB LED controller right now from MJS Gadgets
. I might use that, or I might use the one built in to the AQ6. In order to use the AQ6 LED control with standard LED strips, you will need a little adapter to convert the AQ6's "common cathode" control over to what most LED strips are controlled by, "common anode". There is a guy in Germany who makes the boards for 18 Euro's and charges 6.5 Euro's shipping to the states. Here is more information about it:
I believe the AQ6 can control other PWM pumps. Darlene (aka IT Deva) knows more about that than I though.
Here are some pictures of my homemade paint booth:
The company was getting rid of an old 6' by 6' wide by 8' tall portable room that they used for housing electrical equipment at trade shows, so when they were just going to cut it up and throw it into the dumpster, I got inspired.
While not as big as I'd like, for small painting projects like this, it is more than enough for me. Besides, it doesn't take up too much room.
Here are the two drive cages and two reservoir mounting brackets I just made with a fresh coat of "Appliance Epoxy Paint" on them. I could have just used regular Krylon, but I thought this might better match the white that was on the Switch 810 case.
While the original trade show room didn't have a roof, I just took some scrap 5/8" plywood (center) and 3/8" plywood (on either side) I had laying around and cut a 16" hole with a jig saw and mounted a 1450CFM fan that I picked up online for $69. It was basically just an attic fan. But it allows the air to be changed 5 times a minute, which is pretty good for a home made paint booth. Add 4 sets of 120watt equivalent LED lights and the booth is pretty much done.
Oh, how could I forget air filtration? Well, a couple of HVAC air filters from Home Depot and duct tape to hold them in, and the booth is pretty much complete.