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Every time I tear apart a newer electronic device, I can’t help but wonder if could hand solder all those tiny surface-mount components. Would my hand be steady enough? Would I sneeze and blow all my parts away? Wayne and Layne realized that most people are intimidated by surface-mount so they decided to make SMT versions of their popular Blinky POV and Blinky Grid kits. These kits (now available in the Maker Shed) are designed to let you let you learn and practice SMT soldering successfully. For first timers, they have plenty of documentation to guide you through the process using reflow or hand soldering. Of course, completing your kit is only part of the fun. Once complete, both kits can be infinitely reprogrammed to spell out nearly any message by using Wayne and Layne’s innovative Blinky Programmer Website.

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Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I’m a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.


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  1. Rick Jesmer says:

    I just found out that to fix my heated car window i have to put some sort of glue on the window first & then put a powder on it some forum of rosin & solder then i’m to turn on the heater & the juice now im gessing it heats the rosin & solder . I’m wondering why don’t people solder this way it seams to be safe for the boards if it doesn’t crack my window & no sparks . I allso have a quisten is there a site that i can get the same stuff that’s in radio shack if so please tell me they say they don’t have that wen i ask for it even wen i show them the info on a printed copy or the part it self . I live in New York State in a place that i can’t do much or some one will “snich” in all that the word means & sounds like so i’m trying to fined something to do in side & lurn something .