Let's Make Robots!

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Holds your parts while you solder so they don't fall over or scoot away
Edit:  Added build photos. After many years of chasing my parts around the bench while working on them, I finally got around to building a decent work holder. … Read more

soldering alternatives - conductive glue, soldering paste ...?

 

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SOLDERING ALTERNATIVES

- CONDUCTIVE GLUE/SOLDERING PASTE ... ?

 

First blog post

I'm thinking this might be a better way to track what's going on with my bot (and me with robotics) rather then clutter up the bots page since not much of this is pertinent to the bot itself.  I am still working on it, and I have not disappeared... not that anyone would notice the new guy who never participates in anything leaving. :)

 As I make more electronic gizmos, I try to grow in efficiency. This includes my actions of trying to move to more SMD (surface mount device) parts in my circuit … Read more

Lead-free solder?

Is it worth to buy lead-free solder? It looks like a good idea at first, but then you realise that lead never reaches its evaporating temperature while soldering... Is that actually true? Some people say that the toxic fumes come from the flux and rosin and other stuff, but not from lead. Other sources complain about lead-free solder being more difficult to work with than normal solder. Any recommandations/personal experience with lead-free solder? I also want to ask if I really need to open a window while soldering (I don't have vents in the room I will be soldering).

SolderJunkie Construction

2010.03.14

Hi, I have started work on project named SolderJunkie. I want it to be a motorized solder fume extractor. He is going to use a Picaxe 28x1 as his brain, DAGU IR compound eye, few servos and CPU cooler for parts. I only started construction of mechanics, so far. Here is his first pic:

SolderJunkie01.jpg

My 1st non-breadboard circuit :)

I know..a lot of you good folks could solder before you could walk and probably sleep with a soldering iron under your pillow (hope you remember to turn it off :), so here is this guy in his 30s bragging about his first circuit. Pathetic.

However soldering is a major challenge to me and actually the main reason I didn't get started with robotics years ago. It's just not easy for my unsteady hands. So I'm very happy to declare that I just finished my 1st working non-breadboard circuit. It's a motor+servo shield for my Arduino.

And now for something completely different!

** Update **

I delivered the gun to KJ precision engineering for testing. It has been named "Soldestroyer" by my former boss.