This page provides documents about a cheap SMD solder station built as an Arduino shield (Arduino UNO). It supports active soldering tips from Weller (RT series) which contain the heating element as well as a sensor and provides a standard 3.5 mm jack. Together with the corresponding female connector you will get a compact SMD soldering iron (see pictures below) with very fast heat up times of a few seconds.
SMD Soldering Station for Weller Soldering Tips - [Link]
Carlazar posted pictures of his simple soldering iron driver (SSID) with Arduino PID control. [via]
Main features are:
– Any thermocouple type irons.
– Additional control mode: On-Off controller (besides PID PWM).
– External power supply: Some standard Notebook power supply DC 19V, 4.74A.
– Small dimensions: It fits into 90mm x 110mm x 45mm (WxDxH) box.
– Easy to assemble.
– Simple design: only a few components (besides Arduino).
The HQ soldering iron HQ20/HQ30 (24V, 48W) was used. It has the E-type thermocouple built in (68uV/degC) but you can change that value in software according to the soldering iron that is used (for example K-type is 41uV/degC).
Simple soldering iron driver (SSID) with Arduino PID control - [Link]
Instructions for Soldering and Desoldering SMDs featuring up-close shots of fine-pitch soldering.
Surface Mount Soldering 101 - [Link]
This is a walk-through for making cheap high quality SMD metal stencils at home, using commonly available materials.
DIY home-made SMT metal stencil - [Link]
An in depth tutorial showing how to solder surface mount parts. Covering the tools, techniques and tips that can really help learn how to properly solder electronics! If you are new to soldering this video should have you soldering SMD components in no time!
With just a bit of pratice it becomes much easier to solder SMD then through hole soldering. As shown in the video the main key is lots of flux, but be sure to properly clean your work once you are finished soldering it.
HowTo SMD Soldering - [Link]
What’s inside the JBC CD-2BB soldering station - [Link]
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