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Reflow soldering is a type of soldering where solder paste is applied to the pads, after which the components are placed on top and then it is baked in an oven.

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DIY BGA soldering feasability

BGA seems to be somewhat of a showstopper for the diy community, especially with the newer more powerful parts being almost exclusively bga. I know it can be done with the skillet/toaster oven method,...
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Soldering heatsink pad on bottom of IC

I am attempting to make a board for the tlc5951 24-channel led driver to drive an 8x8 rgb led array. I have made what I think is a good eagle library for the sop-38 package, but I am not sure what to ...
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Any drawbacks to “low temp” lead-free solder paste?

I am about to try my first "reflow skillet" soldering job, and as I look at the available types of solder paste I see there are lead-free pastes with much lower melting temperatures than others. For ...
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Is it safe to repeat reflow soldering?

I have a board that is partially reflow soldered with a QFN and a couple of 0603 capacitors and resistors. I wanted to test functionality with this stage before I go ahead and place the other ...
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Solder paste stencil application

I am trying to do reflow soldering with a stencil for the first time. I have done some reflow soldering before, but every time I manually applied the paste using a small syringe + needle. These ...
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Hot air lead-free BGA reflow

I'm experimenting with trying to reflow a 0.8mm BGA myself for prototypes/repairs. I've solved the main problem: alignment. I've used my 3D printer to print custom board guides that align on large ...
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SMT solder reflow temperature profile

I have read many website and forums about DIY reflow ovens for SMT soldering. I have also seen many solder profiles as specified by the solder manufacturers, component manufacturers, and other self-...
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Why and when to use reflow soldering?

I was looking at an instructable and they suggested using "reflow soldering" for a certain section. "Reflow" wasn't a concept i was familiar with, so I did some Googling... I got a basic description ...
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Alternatives to Large Transformer or PSU for Driving DC Heater

I have a 3D printer heated bed, instead of 3d printing I want to use it for reflow soldering. The bed is intended to operate at 70c, using 12v or 24v. It can be wired in series or parallel depending ...
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Vacuum dessication of MSL components?

The standard method of removing moisture from MSL-sensitive SMD components prior to reflow is to bake in an oven for 12 hours or more. Without baking, there is a possibility of popcorning, as the ...