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Tools useful for home assembly of a small batch of PCBs

by rayshobby on Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:25 am

Hi, first time posting here :) I was recently building a batch of the AASaver boards (which I demonstrated at show-and-tell and got blogged at http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2012/05/02/aasaver/). I thought it would be fun to document the process and share my experience. I used some tools that I found and purchased recently, including an electric vacuum pen, SMT feeders (manual), and a reflow oven. They are not very expensive, but make it quite a bit faster to assemble a small batch of PCBs at home. The blog post I wrote is here:
http://rayshobby.net/?p=5081
Feel free to leave comments, questions, suggestions. Thanks!
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Re: Tools useful for home assembly of a small batch of PCBs

by adafruit_support_bill on Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:16 am

Nice writeup!
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Re: Tools useful for home assembly of a small batch of PCBs

by lyndon on Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:41 am

Do those SMT feeders come in different sizes for various components or are they adjustable in width? I built a feeder like that out of plastic, but I'm thinking of making a better one from aluminum.
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Re: Tools useful for home assembly of a small batch of PCBs

by rayshobby on Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:00 pm

The feeders I bought only fit 8mm tape. I have yet to find other sizes.
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