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December 6, 2009

Video of Solder Reflow in Progress

at 11:58 am. Filed under Educational, Electronic Hacks

Have a look at this great video footage that is over at Curious Inventor. It was recorded at a SMT soldering class where a skillet was used to heat the board to flow the solder paste. It still fascinates me how well the parts magically align themselves! If you are looking for soldering skillet information, have a look at the article we did about the Adafruit skillet. Another popular method is reflowing with a toaster oven.


 

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12 Responses to “Video of Solder Reflow in Progress”

  1. Brandon Says:

    Lol, us electronic geeks :P With the intensity in that room, most people would be like “WTF is wrong with these people?” xD

  2. Duckie Says:

    That’s cool footage! That was the Currious Inventor Class held at the Freeside Atlanta Hackerspace.

  3. Oler Says:

    Nice how everything just floats into its position and the bridge almost goes away on its own.

  4. Aleksejs Says:

    At 1:40 till end it is clearly visible, that solder makes a bridge between middle contacts of the chip. I wander – what is the right way to remove that excess solder.

  5. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Aleksejs,

    Solder wick should make quick work of that excess solder.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solder_wick

  6. Muris Says:

    I use this method but on a cloth-soldering iron. It works just like in the video!

  7. Hackaday Links: December 7 2009 - Hack a Day Says:

    [...] the beauty of watching molten solder pull SMD components into place. Yeah, we’ve seen it before, but for some reason it never gets [...]

  8. Hackaday Links: December 7 2009 | phoenix Says:

    [...] the beauty of watching molten solder pull SMD components into place. Yeah, we’ve seen it before, but for some reason it never gets [...]

  9. Aleksejs Says:

    Thank you Alan!

    Do I apply solder wick during reflow process or I wait for everything to cool down and then try to heat the problematic area?

  10. Alan Parekh Says:

    After everything is cool. You would apply the wick and heat with a normal soldering iron, the excess solder that is causing the bridge will be removed.

  11. Mike D Says:

    Never done any SMT soldering, looks interesting and pretty tough.

  12. John C. Says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the innovation exhibited on this forum. As 2M Cert’d Geek, this is definitely worth looking into for home-use…

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