Product Marketing Engineer
The Perfect Instrument
When I started my engineering education, the initial class that really intimidated me was my first laboratory class. At the time, I had little experience with test instruments and was overwhelmed by the breadth of the equipment that was available to me. The lab was filled with oscilloscopes, power supplies, spectrum analyzers, electronic loads, high-end multimeters, and much more.
But of all the unfamiliar instruments, there was one I had actually seen before... The Digital Design Lab. This one instrument was the Swiss Army knife of electronics instruments and included a seemingly endless supply of functions from a multiple output DC power supply, to a function generator, a universal counter, a built-in voltmeter, and a solderless breadboard for prototyping. This power combination makes it perfect to build and test circuits in one spot all on one unit.
It's too bad it doesn't come with an oscilloscope, but you can easily have one right on your iPad with the iMSO-104, or in the palm of your hand with the handy handheld digital oscilloscopes. The Design Labs are perfect for workbenches with limited space and also save a good chunk of change when it comes to purchasing multiple pieces of lab equipment.
When it comes to education, design laboratories are a great way to both start and expand the knowledge of electronics and circuitry. If wireless technology is in the curriculum, the RFID Experimental Training Laboratory is the way to go when wanting to learn about radio frequencies and how to develop programs for enhancing both hardware and software.
Take It A Step Further
Step into the fascinating world of fiber optics and practice with nine different experiments with the Fiber Optics Laboratory Kit. Build a light guide or design your own receiver. This kit includes every fiber optic, opto-electronic and electronic component necessary to complete each project. Once you've mastered the book, be sure to pick up the Fiber Optics Tool Kit that will prepare you for any job!
The best way to learn just about anything is to be hands-on and dive right into it. It may be intimidating at first, but everything new and unfamiliar always is. Make your mistakes and learn how not to make them again. These labs and kits are designed specifically to do just that, so take your pick, there's plenty to choose from and always something new to learn.
Velleman LAB1U 3-in-1 Lab Center: Digital multimeter, Power supply and Soldering station
Velleman LAB2U 3-in-1 Lab Unit: Digital oscilloscope, Function generator and Power supply
Horizon Fuel Cell FCJJ-33 Renewable Energy Science Education Lab
Robert is a graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Electrical Engineering. He is originally from Lincoln Heights in Los Angeles, CA, and currently resides in Belmont, CA where he works as the Product Marketing Engineer for Jameco Electronics. His interests include sports, movies, music and playing with cool, new gadgets.