October 8, 2012
about a year ago
I checked with tech support and they said they usually use their heat gun at 212F with this stuff. I also stuck it in my oven at 215F and then 250F because I got impatient and that worked as well (better than using a hair dryer when I needed to do a whole bunch of parts).
about a year ago
For the curious - these motors are great but they have very tiny, flexible leads that don’t work well with a regular breadboard. I needed to solder solid-core jumper wires onto them to make a bunch of these robots, and wanted to use heat-shrink tubing to cover up the solder connections. I don’t have a heat gun, and using a hair dryer with just one of these tiny motors is a pain (they’re so light that they blow around) - let alone two dozen of them.
Solution? Stick them in the oven! I checked with tech support and they said a different carrier had a data sheet with a maximum recommended storage temp of 70C/150F. The problem - the temp for the heat shrink tubing is 212F. The question - will that destroy the motor? Answer - as far as I found, no. I stuck one in the oven with heat shrink tubing at 200F, then got impatient because the tubing didn’t seem to be shrinking enough and tried 215F. Checked the motor afterwards and it still worked fine. Then I got really brave and tried 250F to shrink the tubing a little more, and the motor STILL worked. Of course the caveat is that I didn’t do a long-term test, so I’m not sure if this will affect the lifetime of the motor, but at least it didn’t destroy it right away.
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