Lessons Learned

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-One of the lessons I have learn is that a lot of junk on it's own may seem worthless, but by putting them together and adding some thought to it, you can make something worthwhile.

-Old electronics should be recycled because even though the device may be dead, it contains lots of precious metals such as gold, copper and platinum and electrical/electronic components that can be salvaged.

-When designing a product using existing components such as a fan, switches and batteries, dimensions are very important to take into account.

-Making sketches during the design stage can be a lot of fun and allows you to see all the design limitations more easily.

-Don't be afraid to be innovative and creative with your ideas. Try out new concepts you come up with and who knows, maybe it will be the greatest idea ever, like revolutionary new batteries of the future, whatever it is, the sky is the limit.

-Sheet metal is easier to cut with a fine tooth blade than with a course one. It's also best to use a metal shear or tin snips for sheet metal work than a hacksaw.

-When drilling sheet metal, place a piece of wood behind it for reinforcement or else the metal will be distorted.

-Its best to shape the metal as desired first using what is known as a development of the shape then bend it at the right places afterwards to get your shape.

-Clean all metal surfaces with a sandpaper to remove corrosion then apply a metal primer to it for continued protection.

-When spraying a metal surface, do so in a dust free, well ventilated area. For the best results, allow to dry exposed to direct sunlight for at least 2 hours.

-Textured sprays give you project a more distinct look and easily fills out any imperfections in the surface as opposed to untextured sprays.

-When soldering tracks on a breadboard, use a bit more solder for larger current loads for better performance.