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 … Read more
Tag Archives: SMD
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 … Read more
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.
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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.
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 … Read more
An illustrated guide to identifying surface mount components from our previous post on the topic. Thanks Celia! Via the comments.
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 … Read more
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, … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
Here is a technical guide to surface mount resistors from Panasonic. It covers the theory behind various resistor materials and the manufacturing processes. Tables illustrate specifications for different types of resistors, and explain the failure mechanisms for them. Fixed resistors … Read more
Here is a comprehensive manual for SMD components. It covers most common SMD components used in the electronics industry today. Package dimensions as well as markings are covered. This brochure brings a help and clearance for a newcomer and moreover … Read more
Kartik soldered the first prototype of his PSoC3 development board. He used a no-solder soldering technique to solder the SSOP IC. He had great success with this technique, after destroying a few PCBs with his old method. Things didnt go … Read more
This device is a tiny SMD thermogenerator that harvests heat energy to generate up to 10 milliwatts of power. Dev boards are available at Mouser for a mere $700 retail. In case of Micropelt devices, one side is placed near … Read more
It’s not too impressive, but it is the biggest bulk order we’ve ever done at one time. This order stretches the limit of our photo light tent. Considering we only make prototypes, we’re pretty proud of it. Here’s what we … Read more
Here is another tutorial for desoldering SMD ICs. You can remove an SMD IC without damaging it or the PCB using a bent piece of copper wire and a soldering iron. Via the contact form.
octal and several others tipped us to Adafruit’s new 0805 and 0603 resistor and capacitor books: Just to let you know that Adafruit is selling two new SMD parts kits in 805 and 603 sizes, each binder having both resistors … Read more
A cheap manual suction pen for handling SMD parts: Ah and wrt “suction pen” – I made the syringe with vacuum pump and it works but I don’t like it, I found then for 3.5$ a working device that does … Read more