A different take on the beginning maker's second project (a clock being the first, of course). We added a motion detector to activate the fan when you're soldering and a USB reading light to eliminate the shadows. The unit employs a USB-rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and provides a separate USB port for the lamp. This solder fume extractor fits into an off-the-shelf enclosure; 3D printing isn't required. Drilling and cutting the enclosure requires some intermediate fabrication skills, but a layout and drilling template is provided to make it easier to prepare the plastic case.
This project takes an existing tool — the Hakko FX-901 cordless soldering iron — and adds USB charging and a beefy Lithium Ion battery inside a 3D-printed pack. I keep this little iron around for cosplay electronics emergencies, and adding USB charging means there’s less to pack…it uses the same phone charger and USB cable I’m already carrying.