Soldering With A Hand Tremor: The Camera Gimbal Hack

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Soldering With A Hand Tremor: The Camera Gimbal Hack
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Jonathan Gleich has developed a bit of a hand tremor, which makes soldering quite difficult. If you’ve ever tried soldering anything more complex than a through hole resistor, you’ll know that even a the normal shakiness of a hand can really be a road block to getting things done.

Jonathan, being the industrious maker that he is, set out to find a way to relieve his frustrations by making an assistive device. He settled on a camera stabilizing gimbal as his method of smoothing out that motion.

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I thought the way he made it removable, so the whole gimbal wasn’t permanently attached to the iron, was quite clever.

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If he’s very careful, Jonathan can now solder without the iron bouncing all over, which is a big win. This isn’t perfect, as you can see in the video above it is a bit awkward, but the cost is substantially less than a purpose built assistive device, and Jonathan is the type of person to continue improving it.

To see more of Jonathan’s hacking, check out his instructables account, there’s a lot there!

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