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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby sparkybg » Sat May 16, 2015 4:29 pm

ppsati wrote:The OLED display uses the SSD1306 driver?

Yes.

ppsati wrote:I´m thinking to use the 1.3 ".

Just make sure it has the same pad spacing and connections, otherwise you will have to make another PCB for the display. You will have to check if the boost regulator voltage is the same.

ppsati wrote:Have you already decided if you gonna sell Unpopulated PCBs.
Say something.

I still don't know. I cannot send PCBs outise EU anyway - I must go to customs and so on, and I don't have enough time for this.
If Inside EU, the shipping will be something like 5-8EUR for regular air mail with tracking number.

There will be a local electronics forum meeting in a week or so, and if we decide to make a group PCB order, I will let you know.
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby sparkybg » Sat May 16, 2015 4:36 pm

Erythros wrote:BTW, the stand sensor PCB is designed for which specific holder?

This one:
http://www.circuitspecialists.eu/csi-26 ... el-holder/

Erythros wrote:What was your design idea to include SA36-11SRWA?

The project is made to be able to use 7 segment LED indicators instead of OLED display. But I never tried it. There is code in the firmware for this, the firmware detects if there is OLED or 7 segment, but there is 99% chance it will need some work to run properly on 7 segment. I even don't know if I will ever try it.
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby sparkybg » Sat May 16, 2015 4:58 pm

ferdinandk wrote:What case you were planning to use?


I am not planning. I am already using my older chinese station enclosures and stand.

Here's a short history of this project:

Some time ago, I bought this:
http://www.circuitspecialists.eu/solder ... r-station/

It had some things I didn't like in it - it always starts at 350 degrees and does not remember the last temperature setting, and some other minor things. I replaced the MCU inside with ATTiny4313, with EEPROM in it, and wrote my own firmware for it in order to correct all the flaws.

Then I bought a second station from the same company, with the same enclosure, but lower priced model - i suspected it could be similar inside, and I had intention to rebuilt it to make it equal to the first one. But it was completely different inside, so I decided to make my own controller from scratch, using the same enclosures. This was the result:
viewtopic.php?f=56&t=5264

This project was built by maybe 30 people all around the world, and I started to receive frequent questions for PTC sensor support and hot tweezer support, so I decided to make a completely universal controller you are looking at in this thread. :)

Anyway....

There is considerable interest in this project in a local electronics forum, and if we decide to make a group PCB order (even assembled), maybe I will design a dedicated sheet metal case for it if I find enough spare time to do it.
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby mrjoda » Sat May 16, 2015 5:10 pm

if will be a good price to unassembled set of PBC i have interrest. I am in EU. I will work on my design but i need backup plan if somthing goes wrong :)
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby sparkybg » Sat May 16, 2015 5:19 pm

mrjoda wrote:if will be a good price to unassembled set of PBC i have interrest. I am in EU. I will work on my design but i need backup plan if somthing goes wrong :)


I suspect the price of unassembled PCB set will be around 10EUR. Maybe a little less, maybe a little more - it depends on quantity and PCB maker.
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby giovannirat » Sat May 16, 2015 5:46 pm

A big thank you to sparkybg for sharing his great work.

As I am not so familiar with soldering SMD parts I am interested also in assembled PCB's.

So, if you would sell assembled PCB's at a reasonable price, please let me know.
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby ppsati » Sat May 16, 2015 5:55 pm

sparkybg wrote:I still don't know. I cannot send PCBs outise EU anyway - I must go to customs and so on, and I don't have enough time for this.
If Inside EU, the shipping will be something like 5-8EUR for regular air mail with tracking number.

There will be a local electronics forum meeting in a week or so, and if we decide to make a group PCB order, I will let you know.


Thank´s, Sparkybg.
I had seen the vcc is 7V to 15V, just make a small change, the rest is the same.

The PCBs, thank you if you have any to sell me I paid no matter the customs.

I apologize for this question.
But already thought about doing this project for Arduino?
:) ...
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby ppsati » Sat May 16, 2015 6:06 pm

ppsati wrote:
sparkybg wrote:I still don't know. I cannot send PCBs outise EU anyway - I must go to customs and so on, and I don't have enough time for this.
If Inside EU, the shipping will be something like 5-8EUR for regular air mail with tracking number.

There will be a local electronics forum meeting in a week or so, and if we decide to make a group PCB order, I will let you know.


Thank´s, Sparkybg.
I had seen the vcc is 7V to 15V, just make a small change, the rest is the same.

The PCBs, thank you if you have any to sell me I paid no matter the customs.

I apologize for this question.
But already thought about doing this project for Arduino?
:) ...


Sparkybg, sorry,
But you do not live in Bulgaria?
Because I live in Portugal, both belong to the European Union, there is no problem with the customs.

Regards.
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby Erythros » Sat May 16, 2015 6:44 pm

sparkybg wrote:
Erythros wrote:BTW, the stand sensor PCB is designed for which specific holder?

This one:
http://www.circuitspecialists.eu/csi-26 ... el-holder/


Thanks. That settle it that I will have to do my own.

To another note: I was doing some sourcing today and for 3 boards (front, back, oled) I was getting quotation about 80 USD delivered for 10 boards. (Actually from 80 USD for economical run to 200 USD for "best material" - same fabhouse, I do not know the difference, because specified parameters were the same.) So if you will be doing your own group buy with bigger number of pieces, you could get better prices. (I will have to decide tomorrow if I am going to place that order as I do not really need ten pieces.)

Just my thoughts.
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby snstak » Mon May 18, 2015 7:03 am

Hi, there is a mistake, may be, in the file with schematics: front and back are the same...
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby sparkybg » Mon May 18, 2015 10:42 am

snstak wrote:Hi, there is a mistake, may be, in the file with schematics: front and back are the same...


It is corrected now.
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby sparkybg » Mon May 18, 2015 10:46 am

Erythros wrote:
To another note: I was doing some sourcing today and for 3 boards (front, back, oled) I was getting quotation about 80 USD delivered for 10 boards. (Actually from 80 USD for economical run to 200 USD for "best material" - same fabhouse, I do not know the difference, because specified parameters were the same.) So if you will be doing your own group buy with bigger number of pieces, you could get better prices. (I will have to decide tomorrow if I am going to place that order as I do not really need ten pieces.)

Just my thoughts.


I didn't decided yet where will I order the PCBs - local company, chinese company, or EU company. If we agree to make an order for assembled PCBs, probably it will be a local company. That does not mean that we will order only assembled boards, in fact for now the order seems to be something like 30 unassembled PCBs and 30 assembled PCBs.
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Re: Really universal soldering controller

Postby carpin » Mon May 18, 2015 7:20 pm

Thanks sparkybg for this super station board
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Postby Circuiteromalaguito » Mon May 18, 2015 8:07 pm

Are there videos of this beauty working?
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