Moderator, Move this thread if necessary. I searched SMT and surface mount board design topics without success. I've designed, built, and produced through-hole boards now and want to make the jump to smt chips. What I'm looking for is the best instruction on low melting point solders, controlled ovens, solder pastes and so on. Did someone design a modified toaster oven for all this controlled by a BS2. I know the solder pot was done by a Parallax staffer. The oven control should be similar but would need a timer and perhaps an IR sensor pointed at the board surface. Are tweezers OK or do I need to tap my vacuum pump with a suction cup and foot switch while manipulating small parts? If I'm using tweezers do they need to be static strapped to the mat?
I've done pick and place vacuum lifts for mechanical robotic assembly, just never for electronics components.
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