Learn to Surface Mount Solder with Sean Hodgins

Sean Hodgins has a great tutorial on surface mount soldering:

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Learn to Surface Mount Solder Using an SMD Challenge PCB

I feel like surface mount soldering has a bad reputation. It can seem daunting to someone who has never tried it. Since a lot of my project involve using surface mount components, I thought it would be a good idea to make something to inspire people to try it out (without risking expensive components or their custom project).

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Decide how you want to assemble your SMD Challenge Kit (re, the video) you can choose to use a soldering iron, or a reflow oven. They take about the same amount of time but using the soldering iron can be a little more challenging and doesn’t require a cheap toaster oven. 

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Learn to Surface Mount Solder with Sean Hodgins

Design a Raspberry Pi add-on board with KiCad

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Learn how to design a simple add-on board for Raspberry Pi with KiCad in 20 minutes with this new tutorial from Chris Gammell of Contextual Electronics:

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Shine On You Crazy KiCad

This course shows how to make a custom but very simple piece of electronics for the Raspberry Pi platform. The primary purpose is to get users building something in KiCad as fast as possible.

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The free course contains four videos:

Designing a PCB in KiCad in 20 minutes

Buying Components

Assembling a simple circuit board with SMD components

Writing code, blinking an LED with a Raspberry Pi

ChrisGammell has shared the board on OSH Park:

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Order from OSH Park

Design a Raspberry Pi add-on board with KiCad