From: "Brill Pappin"
Subject: Re: having SMT components mounted
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Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 14:52:26 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 10:52:26 EDT
I do my work myself... usually you only need a prototype to test and you can
buy solder paste and a heat gun to do it.
However, I have been known to do stuff as small as 0805 and SOIC with a fine
tip on my iron... I've gotten fairly fast at it with a little paretic... the
worst thing is solder bridges, it can be done if your careful and have a
fine enough tip.
FYI - I also knew a guy who used a very wide tip... he'd do several pins at
once with a very small amount of solder, usually didn't get bridges, but
when he did, he'd just wick them, blow them off etc.
- Brill Pappin
"Simon" wrote in message
> NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 15:28:33
> Organization: ntl Cablemodem News Service
> (Thought I'd sent this last week, Oh well...)
> I've got to the stage where I'm wanting to put several >100pin devices
> onto a board, and I don't trust my clumsy soldering - I can just about
> manage 2mm pin-headers, but 0.65mm is smaller than I can *see*, let
> alone solder!
> I've used PCB board manufacturers before for my boards, but I've never
> had the components assembled onto the board after it's been etched.
> Some questions:
> o How do you go about doing this for 1-off prototypes ? And
> what's the procedure ?
> o Who sources the components ?
> o How much would it cost for (say) 4 100 -> 150 pin devices ? I'll
> do the other components myself - I just don't want to solder the
> SMT bits...
> I'm in the UK, if that matters these days, and using Eagle as my
> layout s/w. Any help gratefully received :-)