Tuesday, February 20, 2007
powercomms board: begin!
i drilled and soldered my first board ever, and my first reprap board ever all in one fell swoop. its not completely done yet, but i think i may have done so successfully. within a very loose definition of success. ;) you see, i broke 4 drill bits while drilling and had a bit of trouble soldering certain parts (power and communications) but its okay because the led at least lit up. anyway, here is a gratuitous amount of pictures.
This would have been necessary for surface mount components, but was wondering if there is an advantage to doing it this other way? Did you have many problems with components getting in the way of your iron?
with components with long legs it was fine, the ones i had the most trouble with were the power / signal connectors! (note the signal connector soldered with a big iron burn and the other one soldered in upside down...)
This is confusing me...
You wouldn't solder on the side without the copper, you would only stick the component leads thru the hole, turn the board over, then solder the wire that is now sticking up thru the board to the copper that is also on that side of the board.
Am I missing something here?
See for example the image at http://www.chaneyelectronics.com/images/SolderTechniqes.jpg
that being said, we're probably going to end up using double sided boards for a while.
basically it all comes down to getting the right paper. that and getting the right etch setup. once my etch tank gets here i'll really be in good shape.
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