It used to be hot air soldering gear was exotic, but not anymore. There are plenty of relatively inexpensive choices. Many of these appear to be the same despite having different brand names and model numbers. One that is common and inexpensive is the 858D. These run about $50. [Gabse] has one and decided to…
via Hack Your Hot Air Station — Hackaday
We think of helping hands as those little alligator clips on a metal stand. They are cheap and fall over, so we tend to buy them and don’t use them. However, if you are willing to put $35 or $40 into it, you can get the newer kind that have–well–tentacles–on a heavy base. [Archie_slap] didn’t…
via Cheap Helping Hands: Just Add Time — Hackaday
Surface mount PCBs (Part 1) If you look at a circuit board today, you’ll see a beautiful array of surface mount chips and components, including very fine 0.5mm or even 0.4mm leaded devices and BGAs. Some of these ‘exotic’ devices can contain really advanced technology such as high speed ARM microprocessors, flash and high capacity […]
via Working with Surface Mount Components and BGAs — Intelligent Toasters
I’ve been soldering for a long time, and I take pride in my abilities. I won’t say that I’m the best solder-slinger around, but I’m pretty good at this essential shop skill — at least for through-hole and “traditional” soldering; I haven’t had much practice at SMD stuff yet. I’m confident that I could make a…
via What the Flux: How Does Solder Work Anyway? — Hackaday
Neven Boyanov has launched a new Tinusaur campaign on IndieGoGo:
The Tinusaur is powered by the Atmel ATtiny85 microcontroller.
We want to bring the cost down to $3 for the basic “lite” boards
and allow more people to be able to get them.
We are always surprised how much useful hacking gear is in the typical craft store. You just have to think outside the box. Need a hot air gun? Think embossing tool. A soldering iron? Check the stained glass section. Magnification gear? Sewing department. We’ve figured out that people who deal with beads use lots of fine…
via [Dave’s] Not Just a Member of the Air Club for Tweezers — Hackaday