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Zach “Hoeken” Smith just emailed us about his Stencil8 project, a straightforward-looking technique for stenciling/squeegeeing on solder for surface mount (SMT) components. On his site (and Github) Zach has posted a really nice tutorial and the open source files for the tooling fixture he built (to hold the stencils), the stencils, the PCB set-up, etc. I’m fascinated by the stencil/squeegee process for applying solder in SMT. This certainly makes it look approachable to makers interested in small-run PCB production.

Super Simple SMT: Stencil8

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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