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Mar 9, 2011

Ben Heck's popular portable workbench gets a facelift in the latest episode of element14's "The Ben Heck Show"

Show fans invited to join element14's community for a chance to win Ben's original portable workbench.

London – element14, a collaborative social community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, and modding guru Benjamin J. Heckendorn, a.k.a. Ben Heck, debut a redesign of Ben’s portable workbench that offers the ultimate modding-on-the-road convenience in the newest episode of “The Ben Heck Show”.

Ben’s redesign focuses on hinge positioning, a new bracket system and streamlined tool placement to build a suitcase-sized box that unfolds into a neat and tidy workspace. Ben walks viewers through the assembly process once all of the parts are routed, including quick hinge installations, some countersink drilling, and attaching the arm chambers, and then portable workbench “Mark 2” is ready to go.

“It was invigorating to design an all-new version of my portable workbench," said Ben. “It’s those little extras that make all the difference – from hidden compartments, to custom tool slots and a built-in PC power supply. This new design ensures I’m ready to make the world a better place, one tool at a time, wherever I am.”

Viewers interested in building their own portable workbench can visit element14 to download detailed plans or register for a chance to win Ben’s original workbench.

“In this episode you get a closer glimpse into Ben’s psyche as he approaches his original custom design and makes it even better,” said Alisha Mowbray, senior vice president of marketing, element14. “The result is a pretty tricked-out portable workbench that should satisfy even the most discerning modder.”

“The Ben Heck Show” is a bi-weekly online television series dedicated to the science, art and mindset of system and hardware modders with a global audience of design engineers, students and electronic enthusiasts (e.g., tech geeks). Each episode spotlights Ben’s mods of popular electronic devices while educating viewers on the underlying technology powering each of Ben’s featured projects, and offering his unique insight regarding hardware modification techniques, tools and design tips. Sponsored exclusively by element14 and produced by leading Internet TV network Revision3, the show continues to gain support from loyal fans with over 1,000,000 views since its debut in September.