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 … Read more
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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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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. … Read more
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. … Read more
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
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