Prepared for Thursday’s workshop video. We’ll cover one of the new tools each week in detail. This week is the solder paste dispenser, followed by pick and place (hopefully), then reflow oven, hot plate, board preheater, and on down the production line.
Boards and stencils from Hackvana arrived just a few days after leaving the post office in Hong Kong. We’ll try that out and pop it into the reflow oven soon.
Had the US embassy add 48 pages to a couple passports. Crossing Hong Kong into China takes about 2 pages each time and there wasn’t room for a new Chinese visa for out Maker Faire trip to Shenzhen in April.
Speaking of Maker Faire China. Every flight was so expensive we ended up on Aeroflot, the Russian airline. It’s supposed to be quite improved, but we avoid it because Americans are stuck in the visa-free part of the airport if there is a cancellation or delay. To help compensate we’re grabbing 3 year multiple entry visas to Russia, just in case. This is not a fun process.
Work continues on Bus Pirate v4 menu selectable UART debugging mode. Today we hit a snag, as once the mode is activated communication seems to hang. We’ll revisit it tomorrow and try to debug the debugging mode.