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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

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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