Posts Tagged ‘SMD’

App note: Surface Mount Rework Considerations

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Old app note from Weller on Surface mount rework. Link here(PDF!). We know you can relate to the challenges presented by newer and more complex surface mount component packages.  As systems continue to evolve, rework tasks can be increasingly difficult even for the most skilled rework technicians. The process of...

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Powerful Arduino Proto Board

Friday, May 1st, 2015

ariefadha shared his ZuC Proto Board (Z-micro Controller Proto Board) project in the forum: 3 month ago i develop proto board / perf board that can fit SMD and also PTH. this proto board also have 2 ISP holes and micro USB. But Arduino use non-standard pin spacing so i put...

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LCD clock version 2 – part I

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Kevin Rye posted an update on his LCD clock project: Now that I’ve spent some time working with SMD Atmegas, I decided to redo the PCB to make it all SMD. By moving the Atmega to the SMD version, I picked up some additional space on the PCB. That allowed me...

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SMD soldering station for Weller soldering tips

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Martin Kumm writes: This page provides documents about a cheap SMD solder station built as an Arduino shield (Arduino UNO). It supports active soldering tips from Weller (RT series) which contain the heating element as well as a sensor and provides a standard 3.5 mm jack. Together with the corresponding...

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Experience with the TM240A pick and place

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Chuck of LinearLogiX writes: We bought the TM240A and found it works pretty good for our needs. A couple items I found was that using the SMD type tant caps on a reel, I had to actually Grind the side to open width so the plastic holder would fit. As you can see...

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Simple SMD LED tester

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Peter over at Electronics-Lab posted an article describing how he designed and built his simple SMD LED tester: This project is a simple LED tester and LED polarity checker. It can be used to check 1206, 0805, 0603 and 5mm LEDs. All parts are readily available and they are very cheap. Usage is...

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SMD soldering on hot sand

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

[embed][/embed] This video by Oliver Krohn demonstrates how to solder SMD parts on hot sand: Soldering on hot sand using a bunsen burner or frying pan / oven. In this case I bought a SOIC breakout board and had to solder the chip onto it. Via Hacked Gadgets.

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Surface-mount 555 PWM circuit

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Nick Leijenhorst writes: I wanted to dim my room LED lighting with a potentiometer, and decided on creating a solution from scratch to make it more fun and educative. I decided to go with the fairly well-known 555 PWM circuit. To decrease size and for learning purposes I decided on...

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Kevin’s LED tester

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Kevin Rye designed a simple LED tester:I decide to put together a small LED Tester board. It’ll be powered by a small coin cell battery. I can pick up an LED with a pair of tweezers and just simply tap it to the solder pads. If it lights up, I...

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PCB a Week 18: SMD Practice Skull

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Mats continues his challenge of designing one PCB every week.  In week 18  he came up with SMD Practice Skull: I while ago I chatted with (Re:load) Nick Johnson about making some simple pcbs for learning how to solder smd parts. This is one of the boards that I came...

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Blingtag project

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Mats posted the new version of his old project, the Blingtag: I wanted to redo an old project and convert it from SMD to "surface mounted thru hole parts" with the extra twist of having the parts *inside* the PCB.

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Will the SMD resistors marking become a history?

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Will the SMD resistors marking become a history? Company YAGEO announced its intention to remove marking of RC/AC 0603,0805,1206 SMD chip resistors from July, 1-st, 2013. Everything implies, that the situation with marking of chip resistors (0603/0805/1206) will soon be similar to chip capacitors – i.e. no marking on the...

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Tips & tricks to sort and rework surface mount devices (SMD)

Monday, March 25th, 2013

[embed] [/embed] Tips & tricks to sort and rework surface mount devices (SMD): I’m a member of the Superstition Amateur Radio Club (SARC) and each month we have a presentation on a ham radio related subject. I volunteered to record and upload the club’s monthly presentations. There were two presentations...

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Mini SMD version of the solderiron driver

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

My mini SMD version. Size=LCD : ) hakko 907 works great +- 0.5C , but weller pes 51 with +- 10 C. dtmf shared his mini SMD version of the solderiron driver in the project log forum.

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Tiny RGB stick string lighting

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Pfriedel posted his RGB stick blinking lights in the project log forum: So to keep my iron hot and to give me something to keep practicing working with SMD devices, I'm about to order a run of about 30 tiny little 14x50mm stick blinkenlights. I figure as I finish them...

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The surface mount component codebook

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

An illustrated guide to identifying surface mount components from our previous post on the topic. Thanks Celia! Via the comments.

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Organizing your surface mount component hoard

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Keeping track of all the strips of surface mount components you've amassed can be a pain. Some people stick them in large compartmentalized boxes, others get the expensive metal storage drawers. Here is a simple and cheap DIY method to keep your SMD components organized. All you need is a...

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Tips on speeding up SMD part placement

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

[embed]![/embed] Mike made a video on how to speedup SMD assembly. He uses air/vacuum powered tools to for pickup, and placement, as well as for solder paste dispensing. Don't be put of by thinking of expensive air compressors and vacuum pumps, as he gives some great advice on using inexpensive...

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Head worn magnifying glasses comparison

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Working with low pitch SMD components can be a pain on the eyes, and one way to make it more conferrable is to use head worn magnifying glasses. Arhi wrote an in depth comparison of the 3 models he had tried out so far. While none of them are ideal,...

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X-ray BMD assessment machine teardown

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Hak8or got his hand on an X-ray bone mineral density assessment machine someone dumped. It seems the only problem is a faulty temperature sensor, but Hak80r decided to break it down and share the pictures with us. For an in-depth gallery check out the forum (56K warning).

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