The soldering iron is used for joining together electrical components. In the Maker Lab we have 2 Weller WES51 soldering irons along with other tools to assist with electrical projects.
Training Required: Basic Training
- 2 Weller WES51 Soldering Irons
- 1 Heat Gun
- 2 Power Supplies
- 1 Oscilloscope
- Multiple Wire Strippers, Crimps, and other hand tools
- 2 Portable Fume Extractors
Material Fees: We have lead-free solder (usage of leaded solder is NOT allowed), flux, electrical tape, and wire available for free.
Common Terminology: Tinning- lighting coating a component with solder to make soldering together easier, e.g. tinning stranded wires helps keep them together when soldering. Flux- a chemical cleaning agent that when applied to the surface prior to soldering helps clean and create a better bond. Solder Wick- also known as desoldering braid, is used to desolder components by placing the solder wick on the joint and using the soldering iron to heat up the solder for it to bold to the wick instead of the joint.
Custom soldered circuit board
Soldered components on a custom circuit board machined on the OtherMill.
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