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. Notice:
- 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.