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Cutting Circuit Board with ESD precautions Answered

I thought I read a post on a pretty ESD-safe way to cut a circuit board without harming the chips on it. Anyone have that info? I did a search with no luck.

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Goodhart (author)2007-09-20

Depending on how accurate one needed to be, I have used nippers already. But they do tend to shatter that way.

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royalestel (author)Goodhart2007-09-22

Yeah, I thought about nippers, but I have rejected that idea on religious principles; i.e. I can't make a clean cut with nippers to save my brother's life. ;) Thanks for responding though!

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Goodhart (author)royalestel2007-09-22

Yeah, some of the older boards were "softer" and if you kept the nips really small, it could be done....but, it still would not be very clean. I wasn't sure how much accuracy you needed :-) .

Um, on the idea of the "hacksaw" have you tried a coping saw ? Grounding it would eliminate the static charges, and you could be a little more discretionary in the direction you were cutting (unless you need straight lines only; in that case, go with the hacksaw).

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royalestel (author)Goodhart2007-09-29

Coping saw, yes, hmmmm I bet that would work fine. I had to abandon the hacksaw idea--it was too large for the board. I resorted to whittling it down with an exacto.

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Patrick Pending (author)2007-09-20

This idea may seem like overkill but,how about using a diamond tile cutter with water bath. BTW: what are you trying to do? Cheers, Pat. Pending

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Ah, I think I'm going with a grounded hacksaw. I'm trying to shrink an MP3 player for a secret Halloween project.

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