25
Apr

Surface Mount Soldering For Cheap

smd-skullI used to fear surface mount components... those damn teeny tiny sexy components that were too good for my weak soldering foo. Through hole components worked just fine for my low speed microcontroller circuits until one of my projects started to take off and we were looking at assembling a bunch of them. The temptation of soldering a bunch of boards all at once finally seduced me to start the journey towards SMD . This blog post will help you start cooking small batches of PCBs and making your own low cost solder paste stencil.

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25
Apr

Surface Mount Soldering Tips - Hot Plate

Sparkfun recommends the skillet method for a number of reasons, but after trying it, I decided to switch to a convection oven and am loving it. Below is my rationale and some pictures.

9 smd hot plate reflow

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