Microcontroller (Moorabbin) - Meetup

Session-1:  Thermal design - power devices on heatsinks etc.

Session-2:  Soldering - beginner to intermediate.

Typically, we have 12 to 20 attendees at our Wednesday evening meetings.

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Session-1:  Thermal design - power devices on heatsinks etc.  Presentation on the basics of thermal design and practice to keep the temperature of power devices within specifications, and avoiding them failing.

Session-2:  Soldering - beginner to intermediate.  Whether a beginner or intermediate solderer, we aim to give a big boost to your ability.  The session will be partly presentation and partly hands-on practice/guidance - we will have at least 3 sets of equipment.  If you wish, bring examples of your soldering &/or your soldering iron.  This session will deal with conventional-size electronic components, e.g. DIP.  (In later meetings, we will deal with more advanced topics like surface-mount devices and desoldering.)

General discussion time:  Question & Answers, News (new products, purchases, projects), Introduce a component, technique, tip, etc, Tea/coffee break/chat.


Our group is for people to develop microcontroller projects (including the software-programming) – gadgets for fun and more serious purposes. We make machines, using microcontrollers, and other electronics, to do things. We cater for all levels of knowledge, novice to experienced - users helping users.  We are a sub-group of Melbourne PC User Group, and we model our sub-group along the style of makerspace.com.

Our monthly Wednesday meetings involve discussion and presentations.

Our associated Saturday Workshops are informal and hands-on – bring-your-own project/stuff. The Saturday Workshops are a "Maker Space". They are a space to express your creativity, build your own stuff, and investigate ideas. The activities depend on those who are involved and their interests. If you are looking for a space that facilitates sharing of ideas and support, this could be it. (We have some electronic equipment that many starting hobbyists may not, e.g. oscilloscopes etc.) The Workshops are an informal group, a place to work on your project, start a new project, or join a group project.

If you are new to this: microcontrollers are small cheap computer-chips with measurement or sense inputs (e.g. temperature, door-open) and control outputs (e.g. displays, motor control), i.e. all combinations of analog & digital, inputs & outputs. They need very few other components to function, and are in many products (e.g. cameras, cars, toys).

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