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From: Mike Monett
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Subject: Re: New Method to Prototype SMD Circuits
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 16:14:42 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 16:14:42 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
John Woodgate wrote:
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Mike Monett wrote
> (in <3D9DC5E3.79CD@Spam.Bots>) about 'New Method to Prototype SMD
> Circuits', on Fri, 4 Oct 2002:
> > One
> >roll turned out to be a different kind of tape that I have not seen
> >before. It is made of some kind of fabric coated with a thin plastic on
> >one side and a layer of glue on the other.
> That sounds like gaffer tape. Originally used for taping over wiring
> that runs across floors.
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I don't know what this tape would be used for. It is white and 0.750" wide,
the same as ordinary plastic electrical tape. It is fairly stiff and would
only be suitable for flat or gently curved surfaces.
It is not very strong. Instead of stretching like plastic tape, it tears with
a ragged edge a bit like newspaper. It is fairly easy to separate the layers
with a sharp knife. The plastic layer melts easily and there is no odor when
soldering parts to it. The glue layer is not very sticky and can easily be
removed with a sharp knife.
I don't know what the fabric portion is made from. It doesn't melt when a hot
soldering iron is applied directly to the material. There is no weave to the
fabric. Under a microscope, it appears similar to single-ply bathroom tissue,
but I don't know if it's made of cloth or paper.
There doesn't seem to be a good reason to make tape like this, but it's
perfect for mounting SMD parts. The resulting circuit is quite strong and
could be considered semi-permanent.
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