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LVL1 Surface Mount Soldering Workshop 11/20/2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
The LVL1 Hackerspace will be hosting a Surface Mount Soldering
Workshop on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 from 1 to 5pm. This
workshop will teach you the basics of soldering surface mount
components with a standard soldering iron, using a standard soldering
iron tip. You'll be given the tools required to build your own
surface mount projects, and during the workshop, you'll work on
assembling your own Open Balloon CPU (A design of LVL1's own White
Star Balloon Team). You'll solder 0805 Resistors and Capacitors, 1206
LEDs, and TQFP Microcontrollers, among others. You'll learn about the
packages which can be hand soldered, and the packages which cannot,
along with the techniques required to assemble a working board.
At the end of the workshop, you'll walk out with the knowledge and
skills required to build any reasonable surface mount project, along
with your own Open Balloon CPU. These tools include small-gauge
solder, flux, non-magnetic tweezers, and a magnifying loupe. The Open
Balloon CPU you'll be assembling is a VERY general purpose sensor
platform, which can be used for a variety of projects which aren't
related to Balloons or UAVs whatsoever. Aside from the form factor of
the PCB, everything about the electronics design is generalized for
whatever development the user sees fit. We will be outfitting the
Balloon CPU with a temperature sensor and Microcontroller, along with
all the passive components required to burn code onto the chip. If
desired, workshop attendees may add additional sensors (a Real Time
Clock and/or a Barometer) for additional cost.
If you can read newsprint, and have a reasonably steady hand, you can
solder surface mount components! We will also be doing demonstrations
of hot-air soldering and hotplate reflow soldering, to provide a small
taste of even more advanced soldering techniques. We can provide
soldering irons, but if you would prefer to bring your own, feel free.
We also recommend you bring a laptop. If you've got an FTDI cable
and AVR programmer, you can start hacking at your balloon CPU
For a preview of the skills we'll be teaching, watch this Youtube
Note: If we do not fill at least 12 seats by November 10th, 2010, the
workshop will be cancelled, and all tickets will be refunded. Sign up
early, and sign up often! Any questions, feel free to send them to
bradluyster (at) gmail.com
When & Where
LVL1 is a Louisville hackerspace.
LVL1's mission is to provide a shared space for collaborative technical and artistic experimentation in the Louisville area. We are a non-profit organization following the hackerspace model currently flourishing in cities all over the world. Our goal is to create an open workspace where engineers, artists and educators can meet and collaborate. LVL1 is where we begin making amazing things.