From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: The trouble with SMDs...
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 19:48:30 -0500
Organization: Have you seen my bench? No, really! Where is it?
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Barry Lennox wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Jan 2003 09:04:33 +0000, Paul Burridge
> >I have the very thing. I collect microscopes and a stereoscopic
> >dissection scope I have lying about somewhere would be absolutely
> >ideal for this. Now all I need is a *very* steady hand. Now where did
> >I put that bottle of meths... :-)
> Ah well, you should have told us you collect microscopes! I now use a
> stereo zoom microscope, and it is very useful, although I still do
> most assembly under a 4.5 inch diameter 3 x lens. I did however, make
> a batch of ultra-micro animal tracking beacons under the microscope.
> As another poster pointed out, the eye-microscope-brain-hand feedback
> loop sorts it all out for you without even thinking about it. Even at
> the max 20 x I have no problems with unsteady hands, although about
> 10 x is more use.
> >Well, I could have certainly used your wife and her sensitive feet
> >when this unfortunate loss occurred, however, I'm sure the IC
> >concerned has long since been inadvertently sucked up in my vacuum
> >cleaner. :-(
> Every week or two, I put a piece of silk over the end of the vacuum
> nozzle and do a "workshop sweep" in the places where the dropped SMDs
> tend to gather. I usually get a few, plus some other useful thingies.
> Of course, sorting them out often takes more time than it's worth.
> Barry Lennox
Unless the part has a 35 week leadtime. :)
Michael A. Terrell