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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