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Welcome to my new blog! I’m essentially using this to document my electronics projects, sell kits etc.

Solder Paste Dispensing using 3D Printing Technologies

I’ve been having a great time with my ultimaker 3d printer over the last 3 years or so. I use it all the time to print bits and bobs. More recently I’ve been building more circuitboards using my LPKF automill and have been looking for a simple way to dispense solder paste accurately without the need for expensive laser cut stencils. To this affect, I’ve created a simple way of turning the ultimaker into a computer controlled paste dispenser. I’m … Continue reading

CloneDel – Molding a mendel

Entering the kit game I’ve decided to enter the kit game as I believe that the parts I’m creating will be extremely high quality. I decided to use the Prusa Mendel as my inspiration, with a few simple simplifications to make molding easier. First step was to grab a snapshot of the clonedel files… Then start printing some molds…. The mold ‘blanks’ were created using a professional stratasys machine. The filament used was 0.17mm! Far better than the 0.35mm my … Continue reading

RepRap – Heated print bed

Rebuilding my reprap mendel, based on Prusa design. New heated print bed wanted. The hot bit….. Machined aluminium plate (from trash!) Springs Laser cut build platform Bushings The Contoller This controller box will eventually deal with ALL temperature control for my new reprap. Out of the two PIDs, one will control the heated bed while one will control the extruder. Two PIDs, one SSR, two thermocouples and a nice box. PHOTO!

PID Controlled Hot Plate

I’ve been working with SMD soldering for quite a while, however all my experience has been with a soldering iron, microscope and solder wick.

An alternate approach that is gaining ground for the ‘amateur’ is using a hotplate. Some people use cheap kitchen hotplates from Target and convert them. However, I’d like to have a go at making something more substantial. After some searching on the web, I came across Keith’s electronics blog. Continue reading