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TESLA TRUCK, a mobile maker space for the masses

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Tesla Truck, a mobile-maker space for the masses, is having a indiegogo campaign to help them equip a hands-on classes and workshops, where students, teachers, and makers can teach, learn, create, and innovate: Whether you’re a school that wants a semester long, hands-on STEM program or an aspiring maker who...

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Dirty Circuits PCB routing for open hardware designs

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

  At Dangerous Prototypes we have a team of amazing PCB designers. We crank out a lot of boards publicly and privately, but even we can't keep these hungry routing addicts busy all the time. Now we're lending our routing skills to you for your open hardware project through a...

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Atmel Tech on Tour: Bringing hands-on technology training to you

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Xykon writes to let us know about the new Atmel Tech on Tour events: During this hands-on training, you will learn how to lower the power of your system designs using Atmel microcontrollers (MCUs) in conjunction with our wireless and touch solutions. Many of the lessons you’ll learn will be...

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Homebrew SMT stencil

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Andre shares this short article on how to make homebrew solder paste stencils from 0.1mm brass plates. Via the contact form.

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The Woz’s backpack contents revealed!

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Steve Wozniak ("The Woz") has published this incredible list of the gear he carries in his travel backpack. Dozens of gadgets, cables, gizmos and accessories, only a portion of which are pictured above. Enough to fill seven bins at airport security. "You might think this is abnormal for me but,...

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MMA7455L soldering explained

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

In our previous Workshop Video we mentioned we asked Pietja to solder up those pesky MMA7455L accelerometers. Here is how he got around to doing it. Check out the pics and his instructions below. Ian asked me to solder some MMA7455L on the USB POV Toy boards. So when I...

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MIT’s 6.002x Circuits & Electronics free online course

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

MITx is organizing a free online Circuits and Electronics (6.002x) course. The course started 2 days ago (5th of March) and will run until June. Upon completion you'll receive an electronic MITx certificate of accomplishment. The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include:...

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Workshop Video #10: BGA revisited

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

[embed][/embed] In an earlier Workshop Video we challenged Sjaak to solder a TMP006 non-contact temperature sensor in a BGA package. We lacked the skills to make it happen, but this week DP engineer Jer shows how he successfully soldered 2 of 4 breakout boards. Jer doesn't hold the the chip...

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Yet another SMD soldering video tutorial

Friday, February 17th, 2012

[embed][/embed] Here's another SMD soldering video tutorial. It features the use of 4 different flux types: pen, liquid, gel, and syringe. The video starts with soldering a 0603 chip resistor and moves up to a 208pin 0.5mm pitch QFP IC. Via the comments.

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28C3: Hack the planet with Code Hero and Makerhoods

Friday, February 17th, 2012

In this rapid fire lightning talk from the 28C3 Chaos Communication Congress held recently in Berlin, Alex Peake highlights the learning initiative known as Code Hero. "Code Hero, a game that teaches you how to make games so you can make games that teach everything else to make all knowledge...

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Workshop video #01: Sjaak solders a QFN chip, attempts the BGA challenge

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

[embed][/embed] We took our cameras on the road and visited Sjaak's workshop this week. He showed us how he solders QFN chips with a bit of hot air and normal drag-soldering. We also surprised him with a challenge to solder a tiny BGA chip, see how it turns out. Here’s...

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Soldering Is Easy comic book

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Here's a cool resource for teaching soldering basics to anyone. Mitch Altman, Jeff “Mightyohm” Keyzer, and Andie Nordgren just released their “Soldering is Easy” comic book. It’s part of a book they are working on that will be published later this year. Download your own PDF copy at the MightyOhm...

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Infosec: using fuzzers to find vulnerabilities

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Infosec Resources has a free online tutorial, An Introduction to Fuzzing: Using fuzzers (SPIKE) to find vulnerabilities. While not directly related to microcontrollers, this resource provides a hands-on guide to using open source Linux tools to find vulnerabilities in code on a networked Windows machine. To fully participate in this...

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DIY clamp helps with surface mount soldering

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Hold surface mount parts in place while you solder with this ingenious improvised component clamp. Via Hack a Day.

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NASA workmanship standards

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

NASA has standards for circuit modification. How many do you violate? We think "SMT components mounted on leads" is a great way to mod a board, but our stuff isn't in space...

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Saturday solder envy

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Markus shared this photo of hand-soldered 0.4mm pitch clips from ChaN. Check out ChaN's numerous projects and amazing soldering skills.

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Understanding seven segment displays

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

John Park at Make has a really nice introduction to 7-segment LED displays and reverse engineering. He maps the relationship between bits in a byte and each LED segment connected to an SAA106 driver.  This is a real-world introduction to the tedious art of poking at hardware to reverse engineer...

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PIC USB overview

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Microcontroller USB interfaces are a lot more complicated than simple serial ports. has an extensive overview of PIC USB, including hardware, firmware, and computer interface. The same USB PIC peripheral is used in the Infrared Toy and Open Logic Sniffer. Via Hack a Day

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Choosing a substitute electronic part

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Choosing substitute electronic components is a common snag for beginners. What do you do if you can't get the exact part used in a project? Part finder posed this question about the USB IR Toy: This component is hard to find from my local store: D1, Small signal diode (DO323,...

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Make's PCB etching tutorial

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 We enjoyed this (sponsored) segment from Make about etching circuit boards. Like Collin, we got our start etching boards we found on the web, at first with toner transfer and later UV photo masking. We didn't know how the circuits worked, but it was still exciting to build something...

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Recent Comments

  • gant: They still have a couple of the more expensive (but still considerably cheap) 5S-I-S01 in stock...
  • readybrek: Anyone got a any recommendations for a budget-priced hot air station?
  • William: lol I'm happy to waste 3c for each program/debug cycle... but probably not the time spent soldering a new device down to a proto board!...
  • Joe Desbonnet: Ya, I can recommend the low melting point solder. I used brand 'ChipQuik' and it's amazingly easy to use.
  • Jerome: I need a new BusPirate for the Fablab ;) Many thanks!