It Can Be Done!

A project log for An Unfortunate SMD Project

If you like happy, easy to build projects, this is not for you. This project is only for people who like to be miserable and frustrated.

MakersBox 09/13/2017 at 04:595 Comments

I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it my self.  Hand soldering a 0201.  A miserable young whelp of an Electronics Technician.  Proved me wrong.  Photographic proof submitted to boot:

He did use a microscope.  And a JBC station with a 0.2mm tip.  But still, it can be done.  Misery upon us all who don't have young eyes and steady hands.

I've been thinking about scoring. 

  + 50 points for attempting this project (or being foolish).

  + 10 points for getting one LED to blink (you got the Attiny in correctly and can tell the polarity of an LED).

  + 5 for the 0805 lighting up (Give me a break, it is not much smaller than a 1206).

  + 10 for the 0603 (so you have an unfortunate set of tweezers on hand).

  + 10 for the 0402 (alright, we getting serious up in here).

  + 15 for the 0201 (you got lucky, punk).

  - 5 for using a microscope unless you are over 50.

  - 10 for using a paste and a mask (hey it works, but you cheated).

By this method, my young unfortunate friend scored a 95.

And I have scored an 85 and 90.  Yes, I used a mask, but I need to prove the circuit and code worked, right?

So, to break the record, submit miserable proof of all LEDs blinking, without a mask, and without a microscope, unless you are unfortunate to be over 50 years of age.


zakqwy wrote 10/12/2017 at 21:53 point

I believe my attempt ticks all the boxes, although the methodology may be a bit unconventional:

You never said the LEDs had to be installed in the right order! Hah!

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davedarko wrote 10/13/2017 at 01:33 point

silly you :D great job!

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morgan wrote 10/13/2017 at 17:55 point

Are you practicing for the badge hacking contest? Are you going to dead bug the OLED screen this year?

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zakqwy wrote 10/13/2017 at 19:05 point

Gotta do some bodging every day! Not sure re HaD SC17 badge, it's a beautiful board. I've got a few schemey ideas, some of which involve copious amounts of hot air. You?

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morgan wrote 6 days ago point

Unsure how deep I'll be able to dig in the badge hacking this year. Likely won't make it down until late Friday. We'll see how much I'm freaking out about a huge project launching days after the conf.

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