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Soldering Survey Answered

Hi there. We’re Solder Otter, a team of recent engineering graduates from the University of Waterloo in Canada that is redesigning the soldering iron so soldering electronics can be safer and simpler.

You may have seen the survey we posted back in 2013 when we first started working on Solder Otter. Since then, we’ve built prototypes, won pitch competitions, and learned so much about makers and soldering. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback, so we’re pushing forward with the project beyond graduation.

We have another survey. It’s similar to our last survey, but this one is designed to help us refine our prototype into the best soldering iron for you. We’re reaching out to makers and hobbyists across several forums because we want to learn about your soldering experiences, preferences, and needs. We're also considering designing with children in mind, so if you have any input in that regard, we'd love to hear that too.

If you can spare 10 minutes to fill out our survey (link below), we would really appreciate your input. Thank you! If you have any questions or comments feel free to reply to this post or send us an email at info@solderotter.com.

Link to survey: http://goo.gl/forms/Uep9Qd0GiM


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5 years ago

Thanks everyone for your time and input, we do appreciate it! The survey is still open, we'll update again when we close it.

We acknowledge that we don't have a history with Instructables nor do we have an online presence that explains our product. At this point, we're not publicizing the prototype for the simple reason that it's not ready to be shown to the public. Having worked on this project as our engineering capstone project, much of our efforts were focused on designing and building the current prototype without a lot of opportunity to consult users outside campus. Many of features will be changed, in design and performance, if not removed entirely; other features may be added. This survey advises our design decisions moving forwards. We're not seeking feedback on our current prototype but rather learning about your major frustrations. The eventual goal would be to use the input that we gain to redesign the soldering to improve the soldering experience for users.


5 years ago

Asking for surveys is always a tricky thing.
Especially if the one asking for it is totally unknown to this community.
Your website does not show much either.
So, what exactly is the benefit of doing your survey to Instructables as a community and to the person doing it?
You want help to improve a product that we can't even see, try or test.
Sorry but I fail to see why I should participate.

With a few nice Instructables or useful forum topics in your account it might be a different story...