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PCB stencil jig

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Gonazar's PCB stencil jig: My solution to making a PCB stencil jig. I need this to do a run of ~30 small boards I got from DirtyPCB who also provided me with the stencil. However, I know that I'm going to be making more later with a new revision so I...

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DIY csCNC – 2 (Linistepper driver and testing with Bus Pirate)

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Oakkar7 has a nice build log on his DIY csCNC, he writes: Since I started building DIY CNC, I checked the free, opensource motor controller. There are several alternatives. I chose linisteppr controller. – Simple and cheap (my first priority :) ) and I can source required parts locally – ...

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STM32 Nucleo and DFU USB bootloading

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

MrMobileWill writes: Over the last few months I have been playing with the Nucleo development boards from STMicroelectronics. If you're unfamiliar with them, they are fast, mbed and Arduino (headers) compatible. This makes it easy like an Arduino to program and use. What sets them apart is that they are...

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Soldering station to drive HAKKO 907 handles

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Dilshan Jayakody published a new build: To keep it simple we choose LM358 dual operational amplifier IC to monitor the 907's thermocouple and drive the TRIAC. The entire control circuit of this soldering station is powered by single rail 5V DC power supply. To drive both handle and station we...

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Soldering iron pulse timer for temperature control

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Here's Mike's completed project DIY soldering iron pulse timer controller.  He wrote a post on his blog detailing its assembly: This is a follow up to a previous post on a way to get temperature control for a plug-in soldering iron without a temperature sensor. Instead of using a sensor...

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BoardMerge Python tool merges Eagle PDFsfiles

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Rohit Gupta has written a Python command line tool to merge several PDFs generated by Eagle into one for easier printing when using toner transfer method. He calls is BoardMerge and you can download it from Rohit's website. Via the contact form.

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SPG8640-based crystal frequency generator

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Hendrik Lipka has written up documentation on his SPG8640-based crystal frequency generator: When I needed a small frequency generator for a project several years ago, I did neither had the time nor the skills to build something like that. But I had in my parts box a nice chip that seemed perfect...

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Towards a simple solder-paste extruder

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Peter wrote an article detailing his prototype solder-paste extruder: The prototype that I put together is more of a sketch in hardware to help me appreciate the issues of paste extrusion, and help hammer out a design. Instead of using a plunger, I’ve used a very long lead screw that acts as...

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3D BRD viewer, a free tool to visualize CadSoft EAGLE PCB designs in 3D

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Peter of Cytec BG writes, "My idea was for pcb designers to be able to quickly, whithout too much hassle, check their board for correct footprints (especially for connectors) and collisions between components. Currently one can change soldermask colors, silkscreen layers, move and rotate components around, change component models and import step...

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MoteinoMEGA pick & place assembly

Monday, February 9th, 2015

In this video Felix of LowPowerLab demonstrates a complete pick & place assembly of a MoteinoMEGA panel: The main things to take from this video are: effective CPH (components per hour) rating is affected in large by several factors like travel from pick position to placement position, travel speed, mechanical alignment...

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Automated drill press table for PCB manufacture

Friday, February 6th, 2015

A DIY automated moving drill press table by Michael of Acidbourbon: When you design your PCBs with a proper CAD software (such as KICAD), you have the coordinates of all drill holes anyway, so how about making an automated moving drill press table which moves the PCB to the places where...

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PCB printer

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

You can now print your own circuit boards.  Check out this cool Voltera, a circuit board rapid prototyping platform: Circuit Board Printer Print dual layer PCBs on FR4 with 10mil space/trace. Our 20mΩ/sq sheet resistance and conventional soldering makes prototyping a breeze Solder Paste Dispenser Forget stencils. Pop your board in and...

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TinkerRule- The Maker’s Swiss Army knife

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Rohit writes, "I made a PCB Ruler that contains almost all tools to help you from designing a part to testing the final build" More details on Rohit's blog. Via the contact form.

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Eagle vs. KiCad revisited

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Steve Chamberlin of Big Mess o’ Wires writes: Four and a half years ago, I wrote a mini-review of Eagle vs. KiCad, two of the most popular software tools for hobbyists creating custom circuit boards. I concluded that while KiCad had lots of promise, it was too full of quirks...

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Static DOM XSS scanner

Friday, November 21st, 2014

A Static DOM XSS scanner by Ajin Abraham, that is available at Github: Static DOM XSS Scanner is a Static Analysis tool written in python that will iterate through all the JavaScript and HTML files under the given directory and will list out all the possible sources and sinks that...

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1clickBOM, a browser extension to quickly add components to shopping carts

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Kaspar of Monostable shared this helpful purchasing tool the 1clickBOM, a browser extension to quickly add electronic components to shopping carts: 1clickBOM is purchasing tool that let's you keep one bill of materials (BOM) for items from multiple retailers. It's a browser extension that fills your online shopping carts for you. To...

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PL2303HX userspace GPIO control tool

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Necromant  writes: This is a small tool for linux userspace that allows you to interact with GPIO lines on PL2303HX devices. It has only been tested on PL2303HXA, but may work for other revisions. Since no common GPIO driver for those exists at the time of writing in the linux kernel...

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Kicad converter for TM-240A Pick-and-Place machines

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Kicad converter for TM-240A Pick-and-Place machines by Wayne and Layne: The Pick-and-Place machine needs to know where to place each part, and we have created some software to help convert the PCB design data from our favorite ECAD tool, KiCad, into the proper file format needed for these PnP machines. The...

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Video: JTAGulator introduction and demonstration

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Hardware hacking guru Joe Grand of GrandIdeastudio has posted this new, detailed introduction/demonstration of the JTAGulator, an open source hardware tool te hat assists in identifying on-chip debug (OCD) and/or programming connections from test points, vias, or component pads on a target device. (We note the Bus Pirate usage at...

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Energia vE0013 release adds low power, CC3200 WiFi LP and CC3100 BP support

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The Energia team announces the availability of version vE0013.  We wrote about it previously: A new version of Energia has been released. Energia is an open-source electronics prototyping platform started by Robert Wessels in January of 2012 with the goal to bring the Wiring and Arduino framework to the Texas...

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  • 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!
  • Max: Seems like an unexpectedly violent way to remove the chip indeed. A hot air station should of course do the job just fine, but in...
  • jose: Part removal described here is pure butchery, the cheapest hot air station will do a fast and clean job removing the QFP, heat air to...
  • Cody: Yes please