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Surface Mount Soldering Love!Expired

Feb 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Pacific

What You'll Do:

Who doesn’t love learning a new skill?  If you want to learn or get better at surface mount soldering, join us for this live online workshop!  I’ll put together a frivolous little heartbeat badge under a microscope, showing you in big microscope-camera detail how to solder 0805 components, mini-MELF diodes, and SO-8 555 timers.  I’ll show you a few different techniques, and talk about favorite solders, fluxes, magnification tools, and iron tips.  I’ll also go over how to fix mistakes – removing bridges with solder wick and removing components with nothing but solder itself.  You can even solder along with a kit yourself – if you’ve been hesitant to try SMT soldering on your own, this is the perfect time!  There will be Q&A period at the end for all of your burning questions.

Skill Level:

It is helpful to have some through-hole soldering experience, but it's not 100% necessary. You should have some basic knowledge of what different electronics components are (resistors, capacitors, LEDs, etc) and how they're used.

Skills you will learn:

How to solder under a microscope, how to solder surface mount components, how to fix mistakes, how to set up a work area for surface mount soldering.

What You'll Need:

The kit and supplies are not required, if you want to, you can just watch and follow along.  But we encourage you to join along in the soldering, I'll be soldering up one of our Alpenglow Industries "PS-I Hate You" kits.  The name is tongue-and-cheek because the layout is meant to poke at people who like tidy component placement and routing, and it's meant to be a little bit contrary about Valentine's Day.  :) If you'd like to solder along, you'll need:
  • the kit - https://www.alpenglowindustries.com/store/p3/PS_-_I_Hate_You_Kit.html#/
  • a soldering iron -  60W or more preferred
  • a pointy tip - conical or 1mm screwdriver, or a bent tip are all good choices
  • flux - rosin RMA or water-soluble preferred
  • solder - your preference, again rosin RMA or water-soluble core is best but no-clean will work
  • solder wick or braid
  • fine-tipped tweezers - curved preferred
  • isopropyl alcohol & wipes or swabs for cleaning
  • magnification is very handy - magnifying glasses, a ring light, microscope, anything is helpful
  • eye protection is always a good idea
  • good lighting in your work area is essential
  • work area should have decent ventilation (or use a fume extractor for flux smoke)
  • optional - a way to hold your circuit board in place, tape and a flat surface is fine if you don't have a vise or holder
If you need to pick up any of the above supplies, I have recommendations for various budgets at the link below.

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What is Included:

  • A free membership to Make: Community
  • Access to discussion forums and community groups
  • Post event access to session recordings

** Tickets are nonrefundable **

About your Facilitator:

Carrie Sundra has been surface mount soldering since last century, and cut her teeth on hand-soldering 0402s and enameled wire on flex circuit boards. She's most at home while soldering under a microscope and regularly assembles prototypes, though she tries to avoid 0402s these days.


  • Carrie Sundra

    Carrie has a BS in engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and has been working with and designing electronics for over 20 years. She climbs, snowboards, grows ghost peppers, knits, and does other yarny things.  She loves transferring her skills and expertise to others, and especially encourages women without previous experience to work with electronics, and add soldering to their bag of tricks. Her company, Alpenglow Industries, makes frivolous circuits and irreverent electronics for both makers and engineers.  We encourage everyone to see electronics in a different light!

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Ticket - Surface Mount Soldering Love!
  • Feb 12, 2022 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Pacific)
Age Range: 18+ 14-18
Have questions or comments? Email us at makercampus@make.co

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