Responding to many requests, Aurora 9x18 Kit is now available, so this is the Instructable specific to building the kit.
Please leave comments, especially tips for successful assembly.
Step 1: Identify the Parts
Below is the parts list.
1x Custom PCB
162x 150Ohm (0603)
9x 220 Ohm (0603)
3x 470 Ohm (0603)
13x 1k Ohm (0603)
1x 10k Ohm (0603)
1x 1uF (0603)
2x 10uF (0603)
1x AP7333-33 or AP7313-33 ("JZ" or "NZ" printed on it)
3x DMP3098L ("DMB" printed on them)
12x MMBT2222A ("K1P" printed on them)
1x 4-way Stick Switch EVQQ7
162x Tricolor LED (common-cathode)
1x Molex 2 pin header (right angle)
Resistors have their values written on them. Two top digits followed by the number of 0's after. So 150 ohm would have 151 written on them. Those are so small, be careful not to misplace them. I always tidy up the work area before starting assembly. Make sure you have a good lighting, too.
Capacitors do not have anything written on them, so be sure to keep them in the carrier (tape) until you are ready to solder them.
Transistors have letters printed on them, however they are codes, so the codes are noted on the list above.
Other parts are quite obvious, I think.
Step 2: Tools & Supply
- Magnifier visor or other visual aid device (I think this is essential)
- Tweezers (fine tip ones)
- Solder paste in syringe*
- Electric hot plate*
- Soldering iron (temperature controlled)
- Solder (flux core. go for the highest quality solder you can afford. 0.015 inch / 0.4 mm diameter recommended for SMD.)
- Solder wick (thin braid recommended - mine is about 1.5 mm wide.)
- Wire cutter (I recommend this one.)
- Microchip PIC programmer (supports PIC24F08KA and capable of In-circuit programming through a standard 6-pin ICSP connector, such as ICD2, ICD3, PICKit2, PICKit3) and a computer
(* If you are doing the reflow method)
Good lighting is also very important. You can work much better when you can see the details.