An efficient, user-friendly design to organize and store electric components effectively
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Step 1: Color Wheel
Use this instructable to create a resistor color wheel that identifies the values of different resistors. Securing the wheel by placing it on top of a cardboard circle and placing two magnets on either side of the wheels center helps secure them well.
Step 2: Choose a Base
Select a PVC Pipe with width and length of your choice (keep in mind that wheels with spokes that hold the electric components will have to fit onto the PVC Pipe as their axle, and there will have to be at least 4 inches between each wheel level).
Choose the number of spokes (later discussed) and wheel levels according to the quantity and variety of components you need to organize.
Step 3: Spokes
Use thin metal spokes of whatever dimension you prefer and 3d print this magnet holder after altering it to fit the dimensions of your spokes.
Then using hot glue, fasten the magnet holder onto each spoke's end
Step 4: Glue on Magnets
Place a dot of hot glue on the end of the magnet holder that's now on the spoke and press a circular magnet of considerable strength onto the glue.
Each magnet-outfitted spoke should be able to hold approximately a third to a half of a physical handful of electric components.
Step 5: Fitting the Spokes Into a Wheel
Cut out (with a knife, dremel, or laser cutter) two circles (3 in. diameter) of either firm cardboard or 5mm wood, with centered holes as wide as your PVC Pipe.
With one of the circles, cut sections 1.5 cm long and as wide as your spokes out of the circle starting from the edge and progressing inwards perpendicular to the outside. These sections should be able to contain the spokes.
Hot glue the spokes into their slots, the magnets facing outwards.
Glue the uncut circle over the slotted circle. Use as many slots as you choose to use spokes.
Step 6: Wheel Holders
In order to hold each wheel on a certain level of the PVC Pipe while allowing it to spin freely, you will need a thin ring of either PVC Pipe or cardboard that fits around the PVC Pipe base. The ring can be very thin, for example 5mm wide and 1cm tall works well.
Step 7: Assembling Wheel Levels
After determining the number of wheel levels needed and the space between them, glue the lowest ring in place and then slip the wheel with the spokes (with the uncut circle facing upwards, to it looks nice) onto the PVC Pipe and down until the ring holds it. It should be able to spin freely.
Then continue with the next highest level and so on.
Step 8: Building Base and Affixing Color Wheel
Now you can build any base you want to hold the design in place. Gluing the PVC Pipe bottom to a flat piece of cardboard, and then gluing triangular supports to hold the pipe perpendicular to the base works well, and other spatially efficient bases will work too.
Also consider securing the design to a wall or ceiling. The base design is not limited to a floor or tabletop.
You can then choose where to attach the resistor color wheel. It will work wherever it is easily accessed and visible, and in a position functionally enabling its wheel layers to spin. Affixing it to the top of the PVC Pipe or to the flat part of a base works well.