Here’s an outstanding surface mount soldering guide from curious inventor –
Surface Mount components, as the name suggests, attach to the surface of boards, not through holes like older components. SMDs (“Surface Mount Devices”) are lighter, cheaper, smaller and can be placed closer together. These factors, among others, mean that the days are numbered for through-hole components with widely spaced leads.
This set of guides will demonstrate (relatively) inexpensive tools and methods for soldering and desoldering SMDs. The first page, Surface Mount Soldering 101, contains a 9 min. video overview. The pages that follow contain more pictures and go into more detail. They also cover some topics not in the video, like hand soldering a QFN chip and using solder paste with a toaster oven.
Surface mount soldering guide – Link.
2 thoughts on “Surface mount soldering guide”
WOW. Very well done. I wish I had seen this a few weeks ago before trying to do it the hard way.
I did find one bright light for prototyping, check out http://www.schmartboard.com/. (I’m not affiliated with the site or product beyond being a consumer.) Their schmart boards make it quick and easy to get small IC packages part onto a break out board for a very reasonable cost and then they can be hooked together in a reusable plug and play kind of fashion. I haven’t quite gotten to that part yet.
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