Picture of SMT 'Solder Paste Stencil' Production Jig using a Laser Cutter
Surface-mount technology is prevalent in smaller circuit boards and often uses reflow soldering (solder paste & controlled heating) to affix the components. In this Instructable, I will share with you how I made a simple, efficient, and helpful jig for soldering SMT circuit boards in bulk.  I built this to speed up my production time for one of our products at work. I will first share my design of the jig and it's construction. Following that will be a step-by-step demonstration of how my SMD production jig works.

- Since I made this for a custom printed circuit board, the jig will obviously require modifications to be appropriate for the specific PCB that you are using. My primary purpose of this is to share the general idea and basic design of my jig.
- An essential part of the jig is the stencil. My stencil was cut out of Kapton(R) and shipped to us by an online service. Although, I imagine you could make your own stencil using a Laser Cutter on a solid sheet of 2-3 mil polyimide. I am investigating this presently.
- Another essential part of my SMT soldering process is our DIY reflow system. I'll leave that for a different Instructable but it is essentially a PID temperature controller hooked up to a 1550 Watt Black & Decker toaster oven.  There are also several other ways to reflow solder paste such as using an infrared lamp or a hot air gun/pencil.
rbbluey1 year ago


Could you turn off the air pulse on laser engraver & "etch" IR heat directly onto the SMT component or component leg/pad?

This way you could dictate exactly where the heat it applied & allow devices that are more sensitive to heat to be used on the same PCB :)

billbillbill (author)  rbbluey21 days ago

Very good question. I haven't tried it but I believe that it could be possible with some determination and ingenuity.

Well done! Your toaster is modified as mine!
billbillbill (author)  andrea biffi1 year ago
Thank you!