How to choose the best benchtop DC power supply

Working on the prototype of one of the new Bike Pixel models, I started to miss a benchtop power supply. They are devices that provide us with a regulated DC voltage and current. This makes them ideal for testing our designs, new components and prototypes. It is one of the tools that should be present in any electronics workshop.

Image of a KIPRIM DC310S programable power supply at Bike Pixel's workshop after being selected as the best benchtop DC power supply that fulfils our need.
KIPRIM DC310S programable power supply at Bike Pixel’s workshop.

Creating your custom parts for Fritzing

Fritzing is one of the best circuit design and documentation tools. It has a large component base and there are many community-created parts. Even so, sometimes we will not have available some of the ones we want to integrate in our projects. In these cases, creating our own custom parts for Fritzing allows us to add new components based on our own designs.

Right now I’m working on the design of the front version of Bike Pixel. During its design I used several new components such as vertical touch buttons. These are not available in the application and therefore I had to create my own components. Their diagram is shown in the following image:

Design and measurements of the vertical push button developed during the tutorial to show how is the process of creating custom parts for Fritzing.
Sketch of the vertical touch button.