WORKSHOP VIDEO #13: PIC18F2550 breakout board build

This week we build the PIC18F2550 breakout board, and get a box of goodies from Mouser. For this build we used the Goot brand liquid flux , see out how it compares to other fluxes in the flux battle video. For part sources see the Dangerous Prototypes partlist.

Workshop videos are an in-development project. Today’s video is the first real test of the new workshop. There’s a couple lessons we learned. The overhead cam needs to be zoomed closer to see the parts and avoid headshots. We also added some diffusers to the lighting to help eliminate the glare you see here. Finally, a separate microphone track and sound deadening material for the walls would really help with the sound.

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  1. That’s awesome… Kind of makes me want to take the rest of the day off from work to go home and fire up the soldering iron, or my new hot air rework station!

    1. It’s still in prototype stage, I think the board Ian just made is the first one to be made.
      if or when it goes into production I am sure it will have a bootloader, probably the same one that is used for the USB IR toy…

  2. Huu
    workshop video March 22: Ian, blue shirt, grey sweater
    workshop video March 29; Ian, blue shirt, grey sweater

    a) recorded the same day
    b) Ian has a quite fast laundry cycle and always combine the same clothes
    c) Ian has a rather long exchange cycle ;)
    d) Ian has a dedicated workshop-video dress, selected after hours of consulting with people who charge $1000 an hour for image and representation consultation

    But nice really nice videos. Great job
    Some ideas:
    * How about a how-to “video post”. Many projects lack good videos and it might animate people to create better project presentations.
    * Some annotations for the folks enjoying the videos in the office without sound would be nice
    * Not sure how easy it would be during video post-processing, but a timer running during the soldering process would be nice, people could see how much time it take to get different parts together.

    1. a is the answer :) I actually recorded 2 builds and the workshop overview last week so I had a lot of material to work with. This week was about tweaking the setup for better videos.

      1. I’ll do a how to video post once I figure it out myself :) I don’t feel like I have much to say at this point.

    2. I think you missed the possibility of buying things in bulk.. As you know we like to buy most of our stuff on reels…..

  3. i love this board format :-)
    i’m using since a while a atmega-arduino-clone design with this format and it is really great.

    (just in case some what to take a peek)

    i will make a suggestion on your layout tho :oP
    leds should be put on the top section of the board, in this way, they are much more easy to see when you look from over your breadboard and when your breadboard is full of wires .
    this is also nice for the reset button (who is fine in your layout)


  4. Methinks problems with the Goot flux: 1. Have to screw/unscrew bottle every time it’s needed. 2. Ooops, bottle tipped over – yuck! 3. Gets all over the board compared to paste. 4. Solvent makes me higher than usual (er, benefit?)

    I think the only good thing about the Goot flux is the name. I like saying “Goot Flux” over and over. Just keep in-mind that subconsciously it is a small jump from Goot to Good.

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