Join us at the HIVE on March 12, 2013 when member and CTO DaveB will be the featured 2nd Tuesday speaker at the 7:30pm meeting. His talk/class will be about the process of designing and making your own small-scale batch of custom printed circuit boards and focus on hands-on demonstrations of surface mount PCB assembly techniques. If you’ve ever wanted to work with surface mount electronics but didn’t know how, this is your chance to learn.
The class will start with an introduction to SMT hand-soldering technique aimed at beginners. Next will be a demonstration of how to use the makerbot and laser cutter available at the space to create a solder paste stencil and simple frame. These will be used to prep boards with solder paste and components followed finally by a demo of reflow soldering using the DIY reflow oven recently completed by DaveB. If you’re interested in having a board of your own to try to put together, there will be an extremely limited number of kits (probably FTDI USB->TTL converters) available for purchase on a first-come first-serve basis.