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Soldering iron driver v1.5 PCBs are available at Seeed

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Hardware hacking is more fun with open source, DIY tools. That's why Arhi designed a completely open soldering station controller motherboard. And we designed a through hole version that is now available as a PCB only at Seeed for $7 The completed PCB is the heart of a soldering station,...

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Soldering Iron Driver v1.5 assembled and enclosed

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Pjkim assembled his Soldering Iron Driver v1.5 free PCB and enclosed it into some Tupperware. He had some problems with the firmware, but he eventually got it to work as intended. The LCD works, the iron gets hot and I can solder stuff with it! What do you call the...

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Soldering Iron Driver v1.5 built with a DIY PCB

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Download the source files from our SVN, mask the copper layer with toner-transfer, or UV exposure method, and etch the board with some acid. Once complete you'll have your very own home-built Soldering Iron Driver v1.5. This is what Alex has done, and so far he seems happy with it....

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Soldering Iron Driver v1.5 Mouser order

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

S7726 shared his Mouser part order for the Soldering Iron Driver v1.5. This board is still under development so we haven't yet decided on all the parts we will use. One thing to note is to follow the partlist on the project page, as the schematic has some errors in...

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Preview: Open source soldering iron driver v1.5

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Today we sent our updated soldering iron driver v1.5 PCB to be fabricated. This is a 100% through-hole reroute of Arhi's latest gen 3 design. The ground plane is broken into power supply, analog, and digital sections to help reduce noise. PCBs will be available in the free PCB drawer...

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Genesis of the Soldering Iron Driver

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

We've been following Arhi's work on an open source soldering station for a while now. Now that the latest version is working, he documented the complete process of designing the Soldering Iron Driver project. See his initial ideas and how they developed over 3 generations of into a final "works...

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Soldering iron driver update

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Arhi posted pictures of his latest soldering iron driver build: Here are the pictures of the populated board. Actually the DC driver is not populated as I'm not very interested in it and there's no usb connector and D10, R40 as those are also only required for USB operation and...

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Soldering iron driver v2 build

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Fcobcn received some soldering iron driver V2 PCBs from Arhi. He used replacement parts for those components he couldn't find locally. The version 2 unfortunately only supports thermocouple type soldering pencils. Our recommendation is to use the V2 driver with ether the cheaper Solomon SR-976 pencil, or the more expensive...

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Soldering Iron Driver case

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Arhi had a Soldering Iron Driver case made. It's a two-piece metal box with the front panel drilled and cut to specification. The grey plastic panel holding the LCD was printed on one of his RepRap 3d printers. You can check out a picture of an earlier version below. (more…)

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Soldering iron driver update

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Arhi continues to develop the universal soldering iron driver. This is a rendering of the third generation PCB. The soldering iron driver can use soldering pencils with K-type or PTC type temperature sensors like Solomon, Hakko, and Weller, to name a few... Generation 3 has a reworked analog section. It...

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Open source soldering iron driver update

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Arhi has been busy debugging noise from PTC type soldering iron sensors. The problem was the sensor's sensitivity to the current used as a bias. If the current used is greater or less then 1mA the sensor picks up too much noise. In the latest revision of the Soldering iron...

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