New 4.3" touchscreen LCD for Propeller: "used" screens almost free w/purchase.

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  • EaglemanEagleman Posts: 31
    edited 2009-11-03 - 02:24:02
    Ray,

    I responded to your request for the touchscreen display quantitities via email, but never heard back about how to·pay you and have you ship them to me.· Out of this new shipment I'd like to get a few displays even without waiting for the breakout board.· For prototyping purposes I'd like them to be the "used" units, if possible.· When the breakout board is ready I may order more with the new board.· I have already ordered the connectors from Digi-Key and look forward to getting the displays as soon as possible.



    Eagleman
  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-03 - 11:52:53
    Eagleman:· Please send an email to [url=mailto:ray@rayslogic.com]ray@rayslogic.com[/url] with your order and tell me what country you're in...

    I try to reply to all emails within a day or two...

    PS:· More ordering info here: http://www.rayslogic.com/Propeller/Products/PSB/PSB_Display.htm

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    Post Edited (Rayman) : 11/3/2009 1:38:01 PM GMT
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  • OakGraphicsOakGraphics Posts: 202
    edited 2009-11-03 - 18:08:44
    neoteric said...
    I just got a CNC machine, I am still learning. But I could TRY (just learning) to prototype some cases, if someone wanted to do a design.

    The machine cuts plastic, so we could do some prototypes and then someone could use them to have cases made. Did I mention I am just learning it. It is 2.5D, not fully 3d like a plastic prototyper. But might be fun to try.

    Cool! What type of CNC machine is it? Always wanted to try that.
  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-04 - 01:31:12
    Looks like I may have some breakout boards ready as early as this weekend! ExpressPCB was supposed to take 10 business days, but somehow got it done in 5. Just ordered a laser-cut stencil to help me get these done fast.

    Got 100 connectors today too, so I'm now selling these with the used displays (should be arriving soon)·for $1 each...

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  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-04 - 20:17:54
    Just got word that 170 "used" displays have shipped... May be able to start shipping them as early as this weekend.

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  • neotericneoteric Posts: 144
    edited 2009-11-05 - 01:17:50
    Rayman, I hope you got my order! Did not get email confirmation. (perry)
  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-05 - 02:41:54
    Perry, I think I just sent you an email...

    BTW: Just got in my breakout board PCBs. Handsoldered a few and just tested the Prop Platform version .... It works!

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  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-05 - 23:58:21
    Got the laser stencil... Breakout board production starts tomorrow!

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  • JRetSapDoogJRetSapDoog Posts: 800
    edited 2009-11-06 - 00:53:29
    Pardon my ignorance, but what is the use of the laser-cut stencil? Does it expedite the soldering of components? I guess that's the obvious implication (though I could be wrong). But if that's the case, I'm wondering why the stencil helps. That's probably obvious, too. Does it keep the solder where it belongs? Also, funcitonally, how is that different from a PCB soldermask? Oh, and if it does facilitate quicker or more accurate soldering, is it pretty heat-resistant? What is the stencil made of?
  • James LongJames Long Posts: 1,181
    edited 2009-11-06 - 01:16:14
    JRetSapDoog said...
    Pardon my ignorance, but what is the use of the laser-cut stencil? Does it expedite the soldering of components? I guess that's the obvious implication (though I could be wrong). But if that's the case, I'm wondering why the stencil helps. That's probably obvious, too. Does it keep the solder where it belongs? Also, funcitonally, how is that different from a PCB soldermask? Oh, and if it does facilitate quicker or more accurate soldering, is it pretty heat-resistant? What is the stencil made of?

    JR,

    The stencil is for surface mount parts. Each part has a pad which will contain solder which will not only connect the part, but also hold the part on the board.

    The stencil facilitates putting down solder paste (like tooth paste), on each pad without putting down solder paste all over the board. The stencil only has holes where each part has pads. Stencils are usually only used for surface mount parts, although I have seen some through hole parts use a stencil as well.

    A stencil can be made from Mylar, Kapton, or stainless. The prices increases from Mylar to Stainless. There are also electro-formed stencils which are very expensive (built up plating).

    The way surface mount works is: put the paste down with the stencil
    put all the parts on the board where they go
    bake the board, parts and solder paste until the solder flows (to a certain temperature)
    let the board cool, but not too fast. Too fast will make the solder joints be less then optimum.

    Solder mask is the material on the board to prevent the solder from "running" down a bare copper trace. If you have ever soldered a perf board you will notice solder will tend to flow every where there is bare copper. The solder mask is there to prevent this.

    If you need more information, PM me, and I can send you some links for reading.

    James L

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  • JRetSapDoogJRetSapDoog Posts: 800
    edited 2009-11-06 - 02:53:51
    James, thanks for the useful info (and quick response). Okay, so no heat gets near the stencil...as it's only used to apply paste (I'm assuming that you remove the stencil prior to placing the board in the oven). I was (apparently wrongly) assuming he'd use an iron (figured he was +10X faster than me, lol). I thought folks would only bake boards if they had those "nasty" BGA chips (with hundreds of solder balls in the area of a fingernail), or possibly the Prop QFN package, as opposed to the much more "user-friendly" QFP. As for me, I've hand-soldered some SMD devices, mostly discrete components, but I haven't tackled the Prop QFP yet, which people here say is not too difficult, particularly with a little solder braid/wick to touch-up. Hope they're right. The Prop II will have even finer pitch, so maybe I should start practicing on the Prop I.
  • mctriviamctrivia Posts: 3,772
    edited 2009-11-06 - 03:00:40
  • James LongJames Long Posts: 1,181
    edited 2009-11-06 - 03:29:43
    JRetSapDoog said...
    James, thanks for the useful info (and quick response). Okay, so no heat gets near the stencil...as it's only used to apply paste (I'm assuming that you remove the stencil prior to placing the board in the oven). I was (apparently wrongly) assuming he'd use an iron (figured he was +10X faster than me, lol). I thought folks would only bake boards if they had those "nasty" BGA chips (with hundreds of solder balls in the area of a fingernail), or possibly the Prop QFN package, as opposed to the much more "user-friendly" QFP. As for me, I've hand-soldered some SMD devices, mostly discrete components, but I haven't tackled the Prop QFP yet, which people here say is not too difficult, particularly with a little solder braid/wick to touch-up. Hope they're right. The Prop II will have even finer pitch, so maybe I should start practicing on the Prop I.

    JR,

    You are correct in the assumption that the stencil is removed before baking. It is just for the application of solder paste.

    If you want a hint about soldering any fine pitch (QFP's).......tack down two corners. Flux the pins, with a angled tip, solder the board on edge. Take the iron and solder from top to bottom dragging it along the pins. Usually, there will be no bridges, but if there are, it's usually the last two (bottom pair). Once you start doing this method, you will find you can solder a DIP the same way (on the bottom of course) and feed solder to the iron while doing it (surface mount parts do not require much solder.....so just the solder ball on the tip will be enough). Your through hole soldering will get much faster.

    At times we rework a lot of parts, and this is the method we use. You can search the internet for vertical drag soldering. It works....and it pretty easy. I do recommend getting a Pana-vise holder which will hold the board vertical. If you don't, you will wish you had.

    When drag soldering, flux is your friend. Get a no-clean variety, and low solids if possible. If doing lead-free, flux is a must. Lead-free solder will look like #$!#$! if flux is not used. It will also function the same way.

    If you ever do any surface mount with the "skillet" method or the "toaster oven" method, you will only pick up your soldering iron for through hole parts, or rework. Baking will spoil you quick. If you get down to 0402 parts, you may go crazy. It is like playing with glitter, with tweezers. We try to keep all of our parts around 0603 or bigger.

    0402's are so small, we can not tell when our Pick & Place is putting them down. We have to stop the machine and get our face close to the board to make sure. The machine is intelligent enough to know if it is picking up parts, but things do get out of adjustment. We like to insure we do not have to place those parts by hand.

    James L

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    Post Edited (James Long) : 11/6/2009 3:35:54 AM GMT
  • JRetSapDoogJRetSapDoog Posts: 800
    edited 2009-11-06 - 16:54:33
    Thanks again, James. Useful information to know. A while back, I watched a couple videos online demonstrating a technique similar to your drag-soldering method.

    Right after I sent my last message, I thought, "Hmm...maybe the stencil does stay" (since I really have no idea). But you confirmed that it is removed before heating/baking. I just wonder if it is removed before or after placing the parts (if placing the parts by hand). In either case, guess one has to be a bit careful on removing it so as not to smear the paste (or dislodge parts).

    I must say, whatever assembly and soldering techniques Ray is using seem to be working out quite well (whether out-sourced or not). I have his PSM board and the soldering seems quite professional. Based on some comments he made, it sounds like he got his boards through ExprssPCB (as they are of the 2.5"x3.8" form-factor that is available at a good price). But it didn't really occur to me that he would have been able to do such quality assembly (the soldering) at home. And, for all I know, he might not have, going through someone like you instead. But, for example, using a stencil and the baking process and some experience (as you've described), I can see how one could get quality results at home in a reasonable amount of time per board. Of course, it's probably also a "labor-of-love," but such techniques would help. On the other hand, there are quite a few passive devices and what not on Ray's PSM board, so I can see how your pick-and-place 'bot would come in "handy" (I just ordered 2 of them, lol). But his breakout board is more straightforward (but useful, of course), so it would lend itself better to "home-assembly" techniques.

    Again, thanks for the useful information and soldering tips (I mean pointers...eh...advice, not tips for a soldering iron).· And I'll keep your company's services in mind should I ever get in over my head (if I'm not already).

    Post Edited (JRetSapDoog) : 11/6/2009 5:01:49 PM GMT
  • mctriviamctrivia Posts: 3,772
    edited 2009-11-06 - 17:03:10
    Stencil is removed prier to placing parts it would not be possible to remove after.

    I have a square piece of FR4 that I use as a frame for my boards. I tape the stencil down on 1 side so it lines up with the pads then apply solder. Removing stencil is as simple as lifting up the non taped edge and removing the board. I then repeat the process for as many boards as i need to make.

    Assembly at home is easy and does not take much time. Still worth it some times to pay the extra money and have someone with a pick and place machine to assemble larger runs like I am doing with the breakout boards.

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  • James LongJames Long Posts: 1,181
    edited 2009-11-06 - 17:10:00
    JRetSapDoog said...
    Thanks again, James. Useful information to know. A while back, I watched a couple videos online demonstrating a technique similar to your drag-soldering method.

    Right after I sent my last message, I thought, "Hmm...maybe the stencil does stay" (since I really have no idea). But you confirmed that it is removed before heating/baking. I just wonder if it is removed before or after placing the parts (if placing the parts by hand). In either case, guess one has to be a bit careful on removing it so as not to smear the paste (or dislodge parts).

    I must say, whatever assembly and soldering techniques Ray is using seem to be working out quite well (whether out-sourced or not). I have his PSM board and the soldering seems quite professional. Based on some comments he made, it sounds like he got his boards through ExprssPCB (as they are of the 2.5"x3.8" form-factor that is available at a good price). But it didn't really occur to me that he would have been able to do such quality assembly (the soldering) at home. And, for all I know, he might not have, going through someone like you instead. But, for example, using a stencil and the baking process and some experience (as you've described), I can see how one could get quality results at home in a reasonable amount of time per board. Of course, it's probably also a "labor-of-love," but such techniques would help. On the other hand, there are quite a few passive devices and what not on Ray's PSM board, so I can see how your pick-and-place 'bot would come in "handy" (I just ordered 2 of them, lol). But his breakout board is more straightforward (but useful, of course), so it would lend itself better to "home-assembly" techniques.


    Again, thanks for the useful information and soldering tips (I mean pointers...eh...advice, not tips for a soldering iron). And I'll keep your company's services in mind should I ever get in over my head (if I'm not already).

    The removal of the stencil can be somewhat critical, but not as bad as most think. It is removed before the components are put down. If using leaded solder most home baked boards do have a nice appearance. They are professional quality. The professionals use the same method. They just have fancier equipment to do the same thing.

    There are many people putting out high quality items using the home baking method. Their methods may not be perfect, but they get close to perfect results. I've even seen boards reflowed with a clothes iron. Not a method I would recommend, but I know it can be done.

    We haven't done any work for Ray. I believe he is doing it himself. It is not uncommon for someone to produce small quantities of quality items. We are the next step in quantity, when a person doesn't want to do 100 boards by hand.

    If you want to read more....look for SparkFun and find the "skillet" reflow method on their site. It gives a detailed step by step procedure of how you can do this at home.

    Ray, sorry for hijacking your thread. I think your touch screens are going to be a huge success.

    James L

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  • JRetSapDoogJRetSapDoog Posts: 800
    edited 2009-11-06 - 17:31:19
    You guys are a wealth of information; thanks James and McTrivia. I'll check out the vid. Ray is too busy baking boards right now during his lunch hour to respond.
  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-06 - 22:13:32
    Here's the Propeller Platform variant of my breakout board.·· (Soldered this one by hand yesterday...)

    This is·the no-brainer way to go...· Just plug the display into the board and plug the board into the Prop Platform...

    I think I'll send this type to Gadget Gangster to sell for me...· I'll sell the other type myself for a while.

    Looking like MSRP will be $30 for either type...

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  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-06 - 23:01:23
    Back in Business! Just got a box with 170 more displays today [noparse]:)[/noparse]

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  • Luis DigitalLuis Digital Posts: 369
    edited 2009-11-06 - 23:43:09
    Rayman said...
    Back in Business! Just got a box with 170 more displays today [noparse]:)[/noparse]

    Very good!
    Do I need to send my data again?
  • OakGraphicsOakGraphics Posts: 202
    edited 2009-11-07 - 00:41:02
    Nick McClick said...
    Ha! Bill already has Windows XP running on it.


    So how does one get these 4.3" lcds to work in windows xp? smile.gif Sounds like fun!
  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-07 - 18:42:14
    Here's a look at the hand soldered Protoboard variant of the Breakout board.·

    You can probably do a cleaner looking wiring job.· Also, I may not have picked the best place to put it, depending on your needs.

    This is the version I'll be selling myself...

    I'll be sending an email soon to everybody on the waiting list, offering up to 6 displays per box.· (But, if you get a breakout board, then 5 is the limit, so that I can squeeze it all in the box.· Also, I've got connectors now for $1 too.

    Probably have to limit breakout boards to 1 per person at first, until I get some made...

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  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-07 - 19:07:18
    JRetSapDoog:· Here's some photos of the stencil for you [noparse]:)[/noparse]

    I'm waiting for the solder to heat up to room temperature...

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  • mctriviamctrivia Posts: 3,772
    edited 2009-11-07 - 19:17:03
  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-07 - 19:30:41
    I think it's stainless steel... It's from StencilsUnlimited.com

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  • EaglemanEagleman Posts: 31
    edited 2009-11-07 - 20:03:05
    Ray,

    Your stencil photos look pretty good.· I noticed that in the photo of your boards there are three LCD breakout boards, but what's the 4th board?· It doesn't look like the reverse of the LCD breakout board.· I am excited about getting my order into Virginia Beach before leaving for California next Friday.· Can I pre-pay for my order via Paypal (or debit card) so that as soon as the LCDs are ready, mine can be shipped out?



    Eagleman

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  • mctriviamctrivia Posts: 3,772
    edited 2009-11-07 - 20:10:51
    Stainless is usually very expensive. Kapton is only $25

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  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-07 - 20:18:34
    First board of 3 breakouts is done! Had several bridges I had to fix manually though, hope that was just a fluke [noparse]:([/noparse]

    The fourth breakout on these 4 in 1 boards is for the "Ultra-low cost" monochrome LCD. Gadget Gangster is going to sell these for me, I hope.

    I didn't know about Kapton ones... Have to consider that next time, especially for small runs...

    I've got Wednesday off (and preschool is open too [noparse]:)[/noparse] So, I hope to get most current orders shipped by Thursday... Should just be 1 day to Va.Beach.

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  • RaymanRayman Posts: 9,759
    edited 2009-11-07 - 22:50:55
    BTW: If anyone knows an easy way to break these boards apart at home, I'd love to hear it! I have to use a cutter at work right now, because I can't think of any other way to make a clean cut... Is there any tool from the hardware store that can do a good job?

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  • ForrestForrest Posts: 1,341
    edited 2009-11-07 - 23:05:31
    Rayman,
    If your boards are vscored on both sides (which is the industry standard practice), then you should be able to simply place the scored edge on the edge of table and snap them apart with a swift hand.
    Forrest
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