Try out 0201 LEDs

A project log for reDOT

TIL305 remake with SMD LEDs. 0402 and 0201 SMD LED Versions

alexAlex 12/09/2016 at 16:307 Comments

There are 0201 SMD LEDs available. An I want to try them out. So I made a 0201 Version of reDOT to test these LEDs (and trying to solder these LEDs). With these tiny LEDs the grid of the LED-Matrix is 40 mil. This is smaller than in original TIL-305 (50mil)

I hope I will be able to solder that.


SUF wrote 12/09/2016 at 19:13 point

Wow! I'm waiting for the outcome. Will you try to solder them by hand, or reflow?

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Alex wrote 12/09/2016 at 22:00 point


Well, I did just soldered a first column on a early revision ( never revision is shown above; found error on the PCB) for testing. So far pretinning the pads with a soldering iron and then using hot air to solder the LEDs works. But no reflow oven is used. The most difficult part is also not the soldering, placing the LEDs is worse. 

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ActualDragon wrote 12/09/2016 at 19:08 point

hey, what software did you use for that

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Alex wrote 12/09/2016 at 22:02 point

For the Images?
The first one is a color inverted screen shoot from eagle. The 3d model was made with help of eagleUp and sktechup.

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davedarko wrote 12/09/2016 at 18:50 point

definitely not doing those :D but wow.

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Ted Yapo wrote 12/09/2016 at 17:37 point

Wow! Those are tiny.  How big are the drills in those vias?

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Alex wrote 12/09/2016 at 18:41 point

13mil (the smallest OSH-Park can do) And thy are compared to the LEDs quite big. 

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