So, here are some perquisites that are recommended before sallying forth on this adventure:
1. You have the courage to brave new worlds.
2. You have had some hands on soldering experience. (the more the better)
3. You have the proper tools. (see the list below)
4. You have had some hands on practice with all the other tools listed (especially drill). So, lets get started! -----Warning---- I do have to warn you that you will be modifying the plastics of the Sifteo Base. This will involve some cutting and also some drilling. and will void the warranty. If you would like to keep everything pristine then this tutorial is not for you.
0. Eye protection - Safety glasses are a must. I generally always use my microscope but when I don't I opt for eye safety glasses.
1. Sifteo Base
2. Stereo audio jack (Digikey Part Number: CP1-3524NG-ND
3. 26 AWG Solder Spool (or similar)
4. Soldering iron - anything with a good tip should suffice. We use the Weller WD-1M in the office.
5. Pair of wire strippers - the generic yellow ones are great
6. Pair of flat edge cutters - can't leave home without them
7. Extra 26 AWG Wire (Digikey Part Number: A3049B-100-ND
) -- make sure what ever wire you use is stranded -- not solid core
8. A single stepper bit or drill bits in these sizes: 1/16", 1/8",3/16"
9: Hot glue/hot glue gun -- I prefer this over superglue. (especially when I make mistakes!) It can be easily heated up for removal. Not required but recommended:
1. Hakko FA-430 - we use this guy to suck away all the harmful soldering fumes. I don't do soldering anymore without some type of exhaust fan.
2. CSI 825A Hot Air Station - obviously not everyone is going to have a hot air station sitting around but if you do take advantage of it! You can also use a hair drier or the like. More details on its use later on. (i'm also a fan of the first(?) generation of Weller's 6966C. The new versions don't seem to get as hot though)