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  • Boy do I love being a college student. Many companies are willing to give you legit copies of their software if you are in an educational institution and you just ask. A year ago Altium gave me a full copy (schematic and layout) of Altium Designer Summer 09. Autodesk was also kind in giving professional versions of Inventor, Vault, and a few others. Ansys also gave some of their simulation software.
    I recommend this route to getting legal copies of software if you are a high school or college student who wants to start using CAD to help design your projects.

  • Darn, now I don't have anything to do during geography class. I guess I'll go back to counting ceiling tiles. Now I have to figure out when on Friday I can make the time to look at TBIAFNPP.

  • No, any through hole parts will not work with this method because they go through the board, sticking out the bottom, thus lifting the board off the skillet. If you have through hole parts, leave them off the board while you use this method for soldering the surface mount parts, then solder the through hole parts by hand.
    Something to watch out for is if you have big differences in the size of your SMT parts. Like you have 0201 resistors, which require a thin layer of solder paste (else you run the risk of bridging the pads with solder) and big SMT parts like a mini USB connector, which require a thick layer of solder paste (else you run the risk of a poor mechanical connection). If you have a combination like this, use the thin layer of solder paste for all the parts, then go back through with your soldering iron and add some solder to the bigger pads.
    Another thing this method will not work for is if you have SMT parts on both sides of the board. You could do one side with this method, and you're back to hand soldering, or some other method, for the other side of the board.
    Hope this helps!

  • I don't mean to be a grammar stickler, but the last sentence "This is the power supply that we us in SparkFun production." Instead of "us" would you mean "use"?
    By the way nice selection of products guys.

  • This is a great book. I'm a sophomore in EE, and I read this book and it made me look like a genius in front of my profs and fellow students so much so that I have seniors asking for my help with their senior design projects. I highly recommend this book and actually getting your hands dirty with prototyping.

  • While you guys are modifying the website, perhaps you can add a wish list feature.
    Good job on the website.
    Can't wait till free day!

No public wish lists :(