A DIY SMD pick and place tool for electronics assembly

Here’s a DIY vacuum pick-up tool for SMD components: This video describes a DIY Vacuum Pick-up tool for picking and placing parts from an SMD component tape. The basic design for this tool involves using a vacuum pump and a solenoid to control the vacuum to a handpiece under control of a foot pedal. Via¬†SDG […]

App note: Hand soldering tutorial for fine pitch QFP devices

No SMD tools removal and soldering of QFP packages tutorial from Silicon labs. Link here (PDF) This document is intended to help designers create their initial prototype systems using Silicon Lab’s TQFP and LQFP devices where surface mount assembly equipment is not readily available. This application note assumes that the reader has at least basic […]

DorkbotPDX is organizing an SMD soldering workshop

DorkbotPDX, a hackerspace in Portland, is organizing an SMD soldering workshop on the 29th of January. No tools or prior experience is necessary. For $8 you’ll get a kit to assemble in their shop. Learn how to work with surface mount technologies. This workshop is suitable for newcomers to SMT as well as more experienced […]