How to apply solder paste with a $35 stencil.
The basics of through hole soldering.
Need help assembling your Learn to Solder: BigTime Watch Kit? This tutorial gives a quick rundown of everything you'll need to know to put it together. Once your BigTime is assembled you can show it off to all your friends.
The basic tools and setup for surface mount soldering.
The Quickstart Guide for the Arduino ProtoShield will provide a rundown of what the shield does, what it's used for, and some examples applications. It will then lead you on to assembly of the shield and beyond.
No matter what flavor of the Simon Says Through-hole Soldering Kit you've purchased, this tutorial is here to guide you through the entire build process.
Hone both your soldering and programming skills with Mr. Roboto.
This tutorial will guide you through how to make your very own set of "fast-switching tweezers". What are these? They are a tool that we use here at SparkFun to more easily and quickly test bare LEDs. Sure, you can use a multimeter or a battery, but when you're handling thousands of LEDs and you need to quickly verify color, any amount of efficiency gain is worth the effort!! Best of all, these can light up an LED connected with either polarity.
A trip down memory lane with a box full of prototypes collected over the years. Learn what not to do from what we screwed up.
A simplistic approach to getting a two-wheel robot to move across the floor. Oh, and chasing my cat.
Attempting to reflow PCBs with a toaster oven.
A breakdown of hot-air rework and lots of video examples.
Curious about how to integrate LEDs into your project? Check this out - I was tired of forgetting my bike light at home, this tutorial dives into LED wiring basics while adding lighting to my bike helmet.
These are the basics about the balloon we used, the enclosure of the payload, and the cut-down and parachute mechanisms to try to get the payload back safely.
She's always sending me mixed signals. Checkout this twist on a stoplight costume using MOSFETs, XBee, and plenty of blinking LEDs.
Using batch files and AVR MKII programmers, this tutorial will show you how to program multiple micro-controllers at the same time. Although it this method requires a bit more desk space, it does offer an affordable alternative to the traditional "all-in-one" ganged programming devices.
Some tips and tricks on how to re-enforce, label, and charge the ever popular Lithium Polymer batteries.
How to get blinking with the LED starter kit.
A introduction to all of the parts included in the Beginner Parts Kit. Also included are a few quick circuits to quickly make something with your new toys.
Building your latest satellite with old solder? You might want to think it over.
Non-technical people writing about planes falling out of the sky.
Now that Free-Day is over we have to get back to the normal grind. Here are the new products for this week.
Dust of your karate skills for this solder removal tip!
Introducing our new soldering tutorial series.
New ST micro LPR530AL dual axis gyro breakout boards, and ADXL345 evaluation board with Arduino/FAT32 combo, soldering class on Sept. 30th, smart card socket, and a powerful new GS407 GPS receiver module.
Meet our knights in shining, lead-free armor.
With a few pieces of machinery, you can make your very own solder paste stencils to aid in surface-mount soldering.
Check out this new SparkFun class.
After a fair amount of work, we have completed what we hope to be an educational kit and supporting printed materials to go along with the <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/present.php?p=BEE-7-SMDSoldering">SMD Soldering</a> lecture.
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