Thursday, August 14, 2014

Williams IC tester PCBs arrived, partially soldered

The Williams IC tester PCBs showed up today.  I decided to try a new way to solder by just putting solder paste on the four corners of each IC.  The purpose of this is twofold:
- Lay the solder paste down fast
- Have the ICs align themselves during the "melting" process

As you can see, they are aligned pretty well.  They have solder bridges, as I expected, but these will actually be useful because I can take an iron and drag the bridges across the unsoldered pads to quickly get the rest of the pads soldered, then use a wick to clean up.  I am liking this rapid DIY approach :)

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