Make Your Own Solder Paste Dispenser

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net

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By John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net

2246 Articles

Sparky’s Widgets built this very cool solder paste dispensing system using a custom Arduino board packing two relays, as well as a pair of airflow-controlling solenoid valves, an off-the-shelf syringe, and an el-cheapo air compressor from Lowes.

After he shows how to make the dispenser, the narrator (Sparky?) goes into a lengthy demonstration of actually using it to apply solder to the pads of a couple of surface mount projects he’s working on, then demonstrates reflowing the solder in a toaster oven with a multimeter’s thermocouple inside so he can monitor the temperature.

You may recall Sparky’s Widgets from their GarData Aeroponics display at Maker Faire Bay Area earlier this year.