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This mechanised solder dispenser was built by design engineer Jude Pullen as an example of what could be done using ABS plastic sheeting, a broken brake cable from a bicycle, and some Sugru. The clever bit? The electrical connection to the switch is made via the solder itself and the outer windings of the brake cable.

Everything you’ll need to build your own Solder Buddy.

Along with other examples of how to use simple materials to prototype new ideas the Solder Buddy was exhibited a the Design Modelling Workshop in London earlier in the year. If you’re interested in building your own Solder Buddy, you can follow the Instructable.

(via GeekBoy.it)

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who at the moment is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.


  • http://trkemp.wordpress.com trkemp

    The email that got me here was titled, “The Solder Duddy”. I was really curious what that could be. This is an interesting project, but the name “Solder Buddy” isn’t nearly as intriguing.

  • http://ilikepie.it Caleb

    Hmmm what problem does this solve? I still have to hold the solder, my soldering iron and the work in most case. I think the better solution for making soldering easier is to simply fix the soldering iron in a fixed position over the work, ie spring loaded lamp style. Then you can gracefully position your work while feeding solder without resorting to a way too complicated, battery operated solder feeder. That being said I appreciate that the design uses common household parts in any self respecting maker’s arsenol.