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9/17/2013 04:15 PM EDT

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Duane Benson
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Re: What am I missing?
Duane Benson   11/13/2013 1:07:26 PM
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Their SMT breakout boards are the impressive ones. They have a system with inset channels that are pre soldered. An SOIC, SSOP, QFP or other chip with leads can be very easily fixed into place with the inset channel pads. I'd definately recommend going to their website and watching the videos.

One note of caution though - you probably shouldn't try to use a Schmartboard for the first time with your only chip. Especially if it's a QFN. I tried it for the first time with a 3mm x 3mm, 12 pin QFN. I managed to cross-solder all of the leads on one side. The parts with leads are easy to align and keep aligned, but QFNs are a little more difficult.

I am planning on ordering some more parts and trying it again though. I need access to the pins on this little part and, other than making a custom board, there really isn't any other practical way to do so. Wish me luck.

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Re: What am I missing?
Max The Magnificent   9/19/2013 4:44:00 PM
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@elektryk: ...and all of them are claiming they are best.

The little scamps! :-)

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elektryk   9/19/2013 4:38:40 PM
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Max, I was using such board (square pads on one side, round on another, metalised hole), at least TEN! years ago. I do not understand what is so impressive in SchmartBoard. There are multiple companies, manufacturing similar universal board for THT and SMD, and all of them are claiming they are best.

BadAssBob
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Love this stuff
BadAssBob   9/19/2013 7:56:50 AM
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Kepp up the good work.  Your products are great!

geckoelectronics
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Re: Looks Interesting.
geckoelectronics   9/19/2013 5:15:15 AM
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SchmartBoard makes it easy to hand solder SMD components.

nikood
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Re: Looks like fun
nikood   9/19/2013 3:01:52 AM
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Looks fun. I love such kind of stuff. Will try myself. 

Birkin

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Back to being a soldering pro
DRegalia   9/19/2013 1:53:33 AM
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Honestly, I have been out of practice for a while.  My first interaction with Schmartboard was these little round piece of solder I was using for Arduino projects.  Now I'm a firm believer in all they do.  It's not just these boards, it's the boards for their chips, it's these easy solder boards.  I have gotten kind of spoiled now with their products.  Really, take a moment to check their site.  My soldering skills are back on par, but I was able to get my 12 year old daughter to solder with their little solder rings.  She's hanging out with me now because she can help.  The products are great, and like I read before in here.. I too am suprised that they're the only ones doing this.

emuman100
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I love Schmartboard!
emuman100   9/19/2013 1:49:26 AM
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For SMT prototyping, especially those situations you need a devoce, like a single logic inverter in your circuit and SOT23 and smaller packages are available, Schmartboard is the answer! Plus, the board has pads that are hollowed out and tinned so aligning of a tiny SMT device is a cinch. The board in the article looks like it'll make prototyping a breeze!

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SchmartBoard
EEtwidget   9/19/2013 1:48:41 AM
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Stop making me schlep around for my prototyping needs! SchmartBoard yet again makes my life better.

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Breakout boards look great, too
ldgray   9/19/2013 1:20:26 AM
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I have been looking at their SOT-23 and SOIC breakout boards too, lately.  At about $6 for a set of these (multiple), they are a great deal: Each of them has grooved traces pre-filled with solder that you can just heat up with a fine tipped soldering iron. This'll help my first SMT project prototype more smoothly for sure, and I think I'll order these gridded boards too.

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