Sometimes, when i'm drilling a PCB with my dremel, it shadows all the area below, making my job too difficult.
A long time ago i saw in Hack a day a light for macro in a camera and I thought it can be a good idea to use a led ring with the dremel to light up the working area under it.
Step 1: Materials
For making a led ring you will need:
-Nine smd LEDs
-An old mobile charger (4.5-5.5v)
-One 15ohm resistor
- Male and female plug (optional, you can connect the charger dirctly in the PCB)
-The PCB, you can download the PCB stencil.
Step 2: The PCB
First of all, you have to print the PCB, (make sure it is the correct size for your LEDs and the dremel screw).
Then, cut the corners and file the outside edge.
Drill the center hole and make it bigger until tha dremel fits prfectly in it.
Then drill the holes for the female connector and the resistor and you have finished the PCB.
Step 3: Soldering the LEDs
Now, you have to stain the places where the LEDs are going to be, (make sure that the inner and the outer copper rings are not in contact). If you have soldering paste, use it.
Then Place carefully the LEDs un the same direction, because they're in parallel. (I've placed them with the anode conected to the outer ring)
Heat up the leads and the tinned areas (or the soldering paste) to solderthe LEDs in their places.
Step 4: The Connector Plug and the Resistor
First of all, insert the socket and the resistor in series with the LEDs and solder them.
Then connect the plug with the mobile charger and isolate them with heat shrink tube or insulating tape.
Step 5: Test Time!
Now you've finished the ring, is time to test it.
Put the ring in the drill, tighten the nut and plug the charger.
If it doesn't work, turn the plug maybe you didn't connect it correctly.
If it still not working, check the LEDs conection, you could shor-circuit one of them.
As you can see in the photos, it lights up the working area very well, now, drilling tiny holes is not going to be a problem anymore!
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