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DynamoBen
01-08-2008, 12:44 PM
This thread is dedicated to SMT soldering tips, tricks, and tutorials.

http://www.curiousinventor.com/guides/Surface_Mount_Soldering

JaysonH
01-08-2008, 02:21 PM
This thread is dedicated to SMT soldering tips, tricks, and tutorials.

http://www.curiousinventor.com/guides/Surface_Mount_Soldering


Toaster oven soldering, SMT is looking very interesting, thank you for the link.

rrowan
01-08-2008, 03:07 PM
Cool site

Thanks for the link

Rick R.

Trip
01-08-2008, 03:21 PM
please don't make me ever do that :lol:

I like machines, we should take advantage of them.

dmcole
01-08-2008, 04:42 PM
http://www.curiousinventor.com/guides/Surface_Mount_Soldering

ppohlman
01-08-2008, 05:01 PM
If I'm not mistaken, that is the same link that was posted at the begining of this thread. I must admit though, it's a great link with good information and deserves another post. :)

grages
01-09-2008, 08:20 AM
Dynamo, You should add this to the WIKI in the General Information and Tips section where the basic tutorial is linked.

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/wiki/index.php?title=General_Information_and_Tips

I actually felt like I understood how to solder after watching their basic soldering videos, very well done.

Shawn

cmurray
01-09-2008, 09:22 AM
Thank you...
OK maybe I can do that.

But I would have to get rid of my $10 rat shack base ball bat.

A year ago you would have never convinced me that I would be doing SMT.... but maybe, just maybe

Joel

DynamoBen
01-09-2008, 11:30 AM
I've said this elsewhere; I'm not a fan of SMT but I see the train coming down the tunnel. Fewer and fewer parts are coming as DIP or pin thru. The big win as I see it with SMT is no drilling. That doesn't matter much if you get boards made but is a pretty big deal if you make them yourself.

Raise your hand if you have broken bits (dozens) while drilling a board. ;)

DynamoBen
01-09-2008, 11:33 AM
Dynamo, You should add this to the WIKI in the General Information and Tips section where the basic tutorial is linked.

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/wiki/index.php?title=General_Information_and_Tips

I actually felt like I understood how to solder after watching their basic soldering videos, very well done.

Shawn

Done.

RJ
01-09-2008, 02:28 PM
I've said this elsewhere; I'm not a fan of SMT but I see the train coming down the tunnel. Fewer and fewer parts are coming as DIP or pin thru. The big win as I see it with SMT is no drilling. That doesn't matter much if you get boards made but is a pretty big deal if you make them yourself.

Raise your hand if you have broken bits (dozens) while drilling a board. ;)

THe only thing I have found is the home made etched boards are not any good for the small size smt. Ok for the larger sot stuff. you need the solder mask to do it or at least this has been my experiences.


RJ

DynamoBen
01-13-2008, 03:19 PM
Another good tutorial:

http://www.sparkfun.com/datasheets/Prototyping/General/SolderingBasics.pdf

DynamoBen
01-13-2008, 03:20 PM
The practice kit:

"The Simon kit allows entry level solderers to experience what it takes to solder SMD devices."

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8404

mrpackethead
01-15-2008, 06:23 AM
I got the oven controller from sparkfun and bought a $80 oven and got it al working.. best thign i've ever done.. Speed everything up!!

However...i understand people may not want to jump in quite the far that fast... My DMX controller module, ( see the thread in the DMX forum ), apart from being multipurposed, was designed with 'home' construction in mind.. It can sucessuflly be built with nothing more than a fine soldering iron and a pair of tweezers to pick up the components... just have some good quality solder wick on hand if you do bridge stuff.

The board uses SOIC chips and 1206 sized caps and resistors, all quite manageable..

The boards are most likely going to be availalble from wjohn in the not too far away.. just finalising the board design.. And as a bonus you'll have build a 6 channel dmx controller that you can plug into all sorts of things.

cmurray
01-20-2008, 02:05 AM
I got these practice kits from electronics goldmine
http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=C6719
http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G3114

Once I get some solder paste I am going to fry me some circuits :D
That didn't come out right. :?
I am going to cook me some circuits.

That sounds even worse. :oops:
You know what I mean.
I am going to put them in the electric frying pan so I can watch them dance into place.

Lots of extra parts to practice real soldering with.

Are there larger size resistors? They all seem to be the same size. SMALL
Yes that DIAG is my diagnostic PIC for size comparison
JOel