SMD Soldering

On Tuesday we had Al Wood (folknology) down from Surrey and Hants Hackspace [SHH] to teach a few people about soldering Surface Mounted Devices. We had quite a few people turn up to learn how to solder things most of us had trouble actually seeing. There was even more fun trying to read the text written on some of the devices.

We were actually attempting to build a PiBot (more pics of the PiBot on google+)

Everyone waiting to learn

Some background theory

A tower of small SMD components, which somehow we were going to learn to solder (despite hardly being able to see them)

They really are tiny

A sample circuit board

Components placed on solder paste, waiting for their turn on the heatbed