Posts Tagged ‘tools’

1″ 100W hot-plate for SMT reflow

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

kevinhub88 over at the Black Mesa Labs writes: Black Mesa Labs has been using a $20 hot plate for a year now for soldering QFN ICs to PCBs. Only issue so far has been the size ( 10″x10″x3″ ) and thermal mass of the thing as it consumes precious microscope work area...

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PCB inspection stand for Chinese magnifier

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Tom Keddie writes, "On the last hacker camp I picked up a magnifier with HDMI output on Taobao (or more expensive but no airfare needed 14MP HDMI HD Microscope USB Industrial Camera 180X C mount Lens Stereo Stand) I find myself needing to peer into and under packages a lot,...

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TwinTeeth: The PCB mini-factory

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Diyouware TwinTeeth, an open-source PCB mini-factory : It includes the following functions: UV Laser photoengraving on sensitive film or presensitized boards using an ultraviolet laser. Drilling vias and holes using any mini-rotary tool like Dremel® or Proxxon® Dispensing solder paste with precision on SMD PCB pads Plotting circuits with a...

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Posted in hacks, open source | 2 Comments »

Test video with Hakko T12, JBC C210 and JBC Microtweezer

Monday, October 13th, 2014

sparkybg writes,  "HAKKO T12, JBC C210, JBC Microtweezer on my latest universal soldering controller" Via the project log forum.    

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Aperture scripting: Panelize and manipulate Gerber files

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

  Doub has announced the release of the Aperture scripting, a set of Lua libraries to manipulate PCB data files. He writes: At the core of my Gerber Viewer (that you've made quite popular, thank you all), there's always been a set of Lua libraries to load the Gerber and...

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Posted in library, PCBs | 1 Comment »

ThrAxis DIY CNC mill

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Eric has posted details on his build of a CNC mill from scratch. The ThrAxis (Three-Axis) is a vertical milling machine made mostly from materials from hardware stores. The spindle is a Harbor Freight rotary tool and the motors and controllers are surplus and eBay finds. We made it during...

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Posted in DIY, Global Geek, project logs, Sick of Beige | 3 Comments »

Open source PCB ruler v1.0

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

An open source PCB ruler by Hemal Chevli, that is available at Github: PCB ruler with different foot prints ,SMD proto-typing area, tables, various AWG size holes and inches and cm scale.

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Posted in open source, PCBs | 1 Comment »

Black and Decker Gyro screwdriver teardown

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Alan Parekh of Hacked Gadgets writes: Thanks to Black and Decker for sending in this Gyro Screwdriver for review, you can see the review here. In this article we are going to tear into it and see what we have on the inside. Opening the unit was very simple since...

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Simple soldering iron driver (SSID) with Arduino PID control

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Carlazar posted pictures of his simple soldering iron driver (SSID) with Arduino PID control in the project log forum: Main features are: - Any thermocouple type irons. - Additional control mode: On-Off controller (besides PID PWM). - External power supply: Some standard Notebook power supply DC 19V, 4.74A. - Small...

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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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Color Meter project

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Isonno posted his Color Meter  in the  project forum: It's a digital meter for measuring color; either the reflected color of solid object, or emitted light. It works, but the original goal was to measure/calibrate the output of RGB LEDs driven by PWM, but that didn't work out so well. Via...

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WORKSHOP VIDEO #55: Infrared reflow oven Qinsi QS-5100

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

[embed][/embed] After you've dispensed solder paste it's time to reflow all that solder. This is where the reflow oven comes in. It seems like reflow hot plates are a more popular choice in most small shops because they're smaller, cheaper, and it's easier to monitor the reflow process. A reflow...

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Posted in tools, Videos | 23 Comments »

WORKSHOP VIDEO #54: 983A/986A Solder paste dispenser

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

[embed][/embed] Without a doubt the solder paste dispenser is a cool tool. Compressed air hisses and solenoids crackle while precise amounts of solder paste extrude into beautiful droplets on a PCB. A few minutes with a paste dispenser saves $15-$25 (or more) on stencils, a life saver if you want...

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Workshop Update for January 31st, 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

We received tools and tested the reflow oven and hot plate. Added a tools section to the forum, you can get the PDF versoin of the reflow oven manual there. The workshop video of the tool unboxing was made. We purchased an air-compressor for the solder paste dispenser, and got...

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Tips and tricks on how to tidy up your bench

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

If you're like us then your desk is always a total mess of microcontroller programmers, prototype PCBs, wires, tools, etc... This article covers a few tips and tricks on how to tidy up your workspace. While the article is written for heavier tools and equipment than what we use, there...

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WORKSHOP VIDEO #53: Unboxing reflow oven, hot plate, and test rig

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

[embed][/embed] Unboxing a shipment of tools we sent back from hua qiang bei electronics market in Shenzhen, China. We got a test rig which will help us standardize manufacture testing for our boards. We got two tools for solderpaste reflowing, one is a digitally controlled hot plate, and the other...

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What’s the latest gear you’ve acquired?

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The "I just bought this, and you what did you buy ?" thread is picking up steam. Hak8or's latest grab is a AmScope SE400 series stereo microscope. It seems to be a popular choice for a good ~$200 microscope, as JuKu, and Matseng have these as well. Got some gear...

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Bearmos’s workshop and DIY tools

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Forum regular Bearmos gave us a tour of his workshop and shows off several DIY tools. Check out the pictures below the fold. A thrown together workbench (in use for ~ 6 years now. originally built using an upturned recycling bin as a saw horse). I need to cut a...

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Posted in DIY, tools | 3 Comments »

What was your latest electronics acquisition?

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Voidptr started a thread about the latest electronics gizmo you acquired. Post your latest components, tools, or anything else electronics-related you bought or salvaged recently.

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Posted in components | 18 Comments »

Mark your tools

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Steve Hoefer from Grathio Labs has a nice how to on marking your tools.  This covers both marking for preventing mixed up tools as well as marking to recover stolen tools.  Both of these things seem to be good ideas as more and more of us work together at community workshops and...

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